Meet Julie Race, creator of Scrap Happy Time - Sewing with a Repurpose. Julie takes old items like sweaters, fabric scraps, and remnants and turns them into soft birds & bears, pillows, art, and wearable, one-of-a-kind creations. Julie grew up and currently lives in Royal Oak and says it is a great place and there are lots of things around to see and do. Julie says it's strange to tell her kids that the places she used to go to "back in her day" are now something new like Leo's Coney Island was a hardware store, but she's still glad that some things haven't changed like Hermann's Bakery still serving up good donuts! Julie has been sewing forever and crafting for the last 17 years or so. She took time off when her children were little and stopped doing shows and selling her creations, but says, "once you have the bug, you are always wanting to craft or sew something."
Quotes you love or live by:
Two quotes that I actually have pinned up next to my computer and I don't know where I saw them but they are: "If you never push, you never know what you are capable of accomplishing," and, "Attitude is sometimes more important than aptitude." What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
I like to remake old items like taking a sweater and crafting it into decorative items and fun little things. Redoing something plain and jazzing it up into something that no one else has -- something unique and fun.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
I always liked to draw and paint and craft when I was younger. I can remember making whole living spaces for my Holly Hobby dolls out of empty boxes, cutting out pictures of corn to use as dinner for my dolls and taking little accessories like thimbles for cups... so much fun! What do you most love about the creative process?
I love thinking of new ideas and seeing them come to life. Sometimes it changes along the way into something totally different than I started out with. Or I'll decide I don't really like how it came out and I will scrap the idea. But a lot of the time I will think on it for a while (it could be six months!) and then return to the project.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
You can find lots of Julie's cute re-purposed goods at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Julie all this week!
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