I'd like to introduce you to another wonderful person! Today we are going to get to know Julie. Julie is a great friend and coworker who I first got to know through both being on the volunteer team for Papergirl Vancouver. This past Papergirl we even rode a tandem bike together on the ride out! Beyond Papergirl we've gotten really close and even though I'd love to go on about great she is, it probably would just make sense for you to read the interview so you can see for yourself!
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
My name is Julie and I am a photographer, book lover and letter writer. I am from Montreal but now live in beautiful Vancouver, and I'm currently managing the Crafthouse, the social enterprise program of the Craft Council of BC. We sell work by over 100 craft artists from across BC, and I'm learning a lot about not for profits, volunteer management and contemporary craft (and getting to do fun things like putting together The Earring Show!) I also love meeting artists and visiting their studios - I did a series of interviews for Papergirl Vancouver over the past couple of years and hope to continue interviewing artists on my own!
What do you believe in?
Potential & possibility.
When do you feel your most wonderful?
Riding my bike, lost in the rhythm.
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?
I try not to think of the choices I make as mistakes or wrong turns, but rather as steps along a path. It’s often when I feel unsure that the best opportunities present themselves! I try to take to heart Dear Sugar’s advice that “There are some things you can’t understand yet. Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding.” and “The useless days will add up to something.” (from here)
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?
I remember 3 moments that occurred around the same time when I was around 4 years old: watching my mum sprinkle rock salt onto a water-colour painting of goldfish and the resulting shimmer on their scales; wedging myself in between the couch and the wall in our basement and drawing all over our dark carpet with crayons, and the smooth feeling of the wax gliding onto the carpet (that feeling didn't last when I got caught); and sitting under the computer desk with a pair of pinking shears and hacking away at my hair because I liked the sound of the scissors slicing (of course this was an hour before a ballet recital. I sure was a handful!)
I feel like I experience wonder on a daily basis, mostly through being struck by my surroundings. Earlier today I rode my bike to the beach and saw a bald eagle, seals and snow capped mountain peaks. Vancouver is a special place.
What is something you never thought was possible that you now know is possible?
Being sure of myself and feeling confident!
When did you feel like a real badass?
Sitting on the skytrain after photographing my first wedding and knowing that even though I was exhausted and sweaty, I had done it!
The best thing an animal ever taught you?
Love! Call me crazy but I still say my cat Simon is the love of my life.
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful?
Guzzo Desforges I became friends (or super friends as we call ourselves) with Guzzo during our time in Commercial Photography at Dawson College in Montreal. He's definitely one of my favourite people ever and I miss being around his positivity and humorous approach to life!
Julie Letowski I love her honest writing and her natural, simple photographs which so perfectly capture quiet moments.
Elizabeth Bryan I met this lady a couple of weeks ago at her former-apartment-now-restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. I love the entire concept of her restaurant and how it is like stepping into her home, and damn she is a great cook. I would eat there every day if I could! View her instagram here.