Have you ever tried to do something (that you don't normally do) everyday for 100 days? And I don't mean like a couple push-ups... I mean something that takes some serious dedication and creativity? Julie (or Jules, as I like to call her) has. For 100 days, she took photos of rainbows, each made out of a new assortment of everyday items. Everything from matchbooks to flowers to donuts to beer cans... it is truly mind-blowing!!
After discovering her project a few months back (she was maybe 10 or 15 days in, so I found her at just the right time), I became fascinated. It takes a truly special creative person to not only dream up such a fun project, but then follow through with it... and to execute it so flawlessly!! (Seriously, click HERE to take a peek at her gallery.) So, with a burning desire to get to know a little bit more about the woman and mind behind such a project, I decided to interview her.
1) WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am Julie Seabrook Ream, and I am a full-time mom and full-time artist! What on earth does that mean? It means that after having my second baby, I quit my job as an Art Director to spend more time with my kids. I'm still a creative person though, so I started my own little studio, Hey Jules Studio, right here in my home. It's the best of both worlds!
2) WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?
In college I studied graphic design, painting, and art history. I worked for years as a graphic designer, both in New York City and Columbus, then moved on to art director, and settled into photo art direction. I found I had a true passion for photoshoots and making beautiful images come to life.
3) WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR 100 DAYS OF RAINBOWS PROJECT? (AND CAN YOU DO IT AGAIN?! ;))
Two things happened simultaneously: First, I learned that my creative friend Lauren was participating in the #100DayProject on Instagram. It was very simple: pick something creative and do it once a day for 100 days. Since I was now home with my kids and my studio, this seemed like a fun project!
Second, my three year old daughter, Eliza, was learning about "favorite colors", and wanted to know if I had one? I told her I couldn't pick just one, and that I like how all colors look together in a rainbow. Somehow, these two things collided in my head, and I decided to create rainbows out of odds and ends I could find around the house.
And yes, I will be doing more rainbows! I will be creating a book of rainbows, to be published soon. There will be new rainbows, along with color-coordinated indexes detailing the contents of each image. Yay!
4) WHAT INSPIRES YOU CREATIVELY?
Color! it's true. I love, love, love beautiful color.
I love finding color in unexpected places (such as the gorgeous purple Morning Glory growing up our neighbors mailbox post!) and find that if you just keep you eyes open, there is much to be discovered right outside (or inside) your door!
5) WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN 5 YEARS?
More or less what I'm doing right now: spending quality time with my family, and working on a new project in my studio.
6) WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I am from Cleveland, Ohio, and am a HUGE Cleveland sports fan! My husband and I watch every single Cavs game. Including the painful ones when LeBron was gone in Miami! I am also the commissioner of a fantasy football league, and can only wish for better days for my sad Cleveland Browns.
7) WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT ON THEIR CREATIVE JOURNEY?
Be true to yourself as an artist. I have always felt silly for not having a favorite color, but as it turns out, that wasn't a bad thing! Also, be financially wise, and don't go into debt! Debt takes away options. I was able to stay home with my kids and start my own studio because my husband and I were financially sound for years before. It was well worth it, as I have never, ever been so happy! Life is good. :)
I love that- "be true to yourself as an artist." Sometimes as an artist, it seems like there are so many external forces guiding you towards one thing or another, but at the end of the day, only YOU have your unique perspective...and that's worth sharing.
Thank you to Julie for sharing a little bit of your life and perspective!
If you're dying to hang some rainbows on your wall (I'm trying to decide between the matchbooks and the stamps), you can check out more of her work here:
Etsy Shop: Hey Jules Studio