Today's feature Friday artist is the colourful Julie of Julie's Silk 'n Style Shop. She creates a beautiful range of hand painted silk ties, scarves and other accessories. Her work is so bright and cheery and comes in a diverse range of styles. Let's find out more about the woman behind the creations!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in Derby (Midlands UK). I am married to Pete and have four grown up children and a 17 year old foster son. I don't have a day job, but I wouldn't exactly call myself a full time artist either. A lot of my time is devoted to my work. However, Rachel, my 23 year old daughter, is still at home and has lots of cancer-related health issues and Nic, my foster son, is still at home too, so I guess I would call myself part artist, part homemaker. I also spend time helping out with church activities - music, young people, etc. I like countryside walks with Pete, reading, cooking and, of course, anything crafty!
Describe yourself in five words.
Christian, wife, mother, artist, happy!
When and how did you first start crafting/creating?
For as long as I can remember! My mum always encouraged my sister and me to be creative. I started silk painting when Rachel became ill as a sort of therapeutic thing to do together.
What do you create and what are your favourite materials with which to work?
I enjoy making jewellery and creating silk paintings. I love really bright colours and bold designs.
When and how did you start selling online?
I started selling on eBay towards the end of 2005. I made a steam train tie for my husband (he's an enthusiast!) and people said I should try selling one like it. The business has grown steadily since then. A friend recently introduced me to Etsy and I stocked my shop for the first time at the beginning of the year.
Describe your store in five words.
Bold bright pure silk accessories.
Where can we find you online?