Meet Julie Langensiepen of Beverly Hills, MI, the talented maker of unique fiber art creations. She studied Illustration at Pratt Institute of Art, then worked as a custom carpet designer before branching out on her own. Julie has been creating her whimsical line of J.E.M.A. Dolls for many years and considers herself a true fabric-aholic!
What inspired you to start creating your artwork & how did you turn it into a business?
The first major post-college purchase I made was a sewing machine - a Kenmore from Sears. After working many years as an illustrator, I made my first doll-like creature and a new venture was born. I love working 3 dimensionally and it's so refreshing to get customer feedback.
What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
Hopefully, if I've done my job well, you will find the very thing you didn't even know you wanted.
What do you love most about the creative process?
When one project effortlessly rolls into another.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
I wanted to write and illustrate children's books. I still do.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
Reading, gardening, and walking our adopted rescue dog, Boo!
Quotes you love or live by:
Be true to your work and it will be true to you.
You can find lots of Julie's lovely handcrafted wares at Yellow Door. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Julie all this week!
Like learning about creative people in your community? Be sure to stay in the loop by signing up for our emails in the upper right hand corner of this site.