We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Swift and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I didn’t start sewing and creating until I was 23 and I hadn’t set out to be an artist yet. When I was younger I did have dreams of becoming an actress or a singer but I ended up going to college for fashion and merchandising. When I graduated in 2008 I had a hard time looking for a job in the fashion industry, so instead I bought a sewing machine, learned how to sew, made my first handbag and opened up an Etsy shop. Since then I have worked on many different types of sewing projects and have relatively recently progressed into quilting. I admire other artists unique creativity, in all mediums, but especially textile arts. I am particularity inspired by quilt artists and what they can do with color, patterns and needlework, and I pursue that same level of creativity. I think I still have a lot to learn and continue to work on it daily, but I am definitely proud of what I have created so far. I don’t pursue my artistic career to get rich or even make much of a profit, I do it for my own creative enjoyment. I donate some of my quilts and other work to nonprofits, including animal shelters. I also contribute a percentage of my sales on Etsy to environmental nonprofits such as World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since 2009 I have been making handbags and pouches, which I still make today. However for the past few years I have really started getting into quilting. I made quite a few quilts from the size of a mini wall-hanging quilt to a queen sized bed quilt. I focus on eco-friendly methods so I try to use as much sustainable materials as I possibly can when I am making my quilts such as using old fabric scraps and up-cycled material, from old shirts. It was very challenging to go from sewing smaller items to quilts. I had a difficult time sewing bigger projects in my craft room, so I went all out to invest in a bigger sewing table, rearrange the setup of my craft room and reorganize my tools and supplies. I also had to learn new sewing skills like free motion quilting, so it helped a lot when I took some online classes and sewing classes at local fabric stores to learn more about quilting. There are still times where I struggle a lot with sewing and quilting but I learned to never give up and keep practicing! I also learned to take breaks when things get hard, though I constantly have to remind myself of that. When feeling overwhelmed or messing up, you have to step away from the project for several minutes at least.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow, where do I even begin? I think the very first stop would be at Red Rocks! It is a great concert venue with great hiking trails. I am a hiker so I would definitely take them up to the mountains for a hike, and stop in the little town of Georgetown. The Denver Art Museum is another awesome place with great art and exhibits. I also love the local shops around the Denver area, especially the ones on Tennyson and on South Broadway, so I would definitely take them around there. I especially love the craft store “Fancy Tiger Crafts” which is located off of Broadway. Golden is another great stop, full of boutiques and coffee/tea shops, and we would step into my favorite cupcake place, “Gold Mine Cupcakes.” And last but not least, we would eat at my favorite pizza place in Highlands, “Blue Pan Pizza” which is the best Detroit style pizza!

If my friends were visiting in the winter time, I would take them on the Winter Park Express train that goes up to Winter Park Ski Resort. It is a great ride with amazing views, and Winter Park is one of my favorite ski resorts.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my wonderful husband Walter, who has always motivated me and has been on my side.  He has always been there for me through the ups and downs.  He would give me great pointers, and was very supportive when I was indecisive on what I wanted to do with my life. I would also like to give a shoutout to my family, who helped me build my confidence when I was growing up and while I was in school. Without my husband and family, I would not be where I am today!

Website: https://juliescreationsblog.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliescreationss/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuliesCreationspage

Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JuliesJewelz086

Image Credits
All photos were taken by me and my Husband Walter.

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