Meet the Maker: Julianne Strom Brill
Hello everyone! Incredibly excited to start the series Meet The Maker, where each week a new maker will be featured and have their brain picked.
I couldn't think of a better maker for our inaugural post. When Julianne, an artist out of Boston, contacted me, I knew she fit the bill perfectly. Her work really captured my eye, and I was beyond pumped to get to know more about her after gushing over her Instagram page (seriously check it out, this lady has something special).
Everyone has a different path to finding their creative rhythm and becoming an entrepreneur. What got you started?
In all honesty, I sort of stumbled into becoming an entrepreneur without even realizing it. I had created a body of work on large canvases in graduate school, and didn’t have room for them in my tiny Boston apartment at the time. A friend suggested I try selling the paintings on Etsy, so I opened up my shop on a whim. When my work started selling, it gave me the motivation to really put effort into my shop, work, and brand. I did a ton of research, read every book I could find by female entrepreneurs, and put in all the hours to create new work and a brand that reflected my style. It’s an ongoing process, but I really enjoy every moment of it.
Your work has a sense of vibrancy while maintaining an organic nature. Where do you draw your inspirations from?
My work has always been inspired first and foremost by architecture. My earlier paintings really explored the geometric lines that buildings imposed on natural spaces, but more recently I’ve been interested in the surface textures of urban walls and cityscapes. My work has taken a lot of twists and turns over the years, and my interests are constantly changing. I think a lot of artists get self-conscious when their work doesn’t look ‘cohesive’, or they can’t find their signature style. I’ve never really worried about that, and just keep searching for new inspiration.
Where would you like to see your artistic career in the next 10 years?
I hope that in 10 years I’m doing something with my work that I can’t even imagine right now. Maybe something that doesn’t exist yet! Of course I want my art to be out in the world, I want to be able to support myself and my family, I want to remain inspired. But I also hope that the art world keeps evolving into new things, creating new social media platforms, expanding materials and expressions. My goal is to stay involved in that evolution and ride all the different waves of change.
When you're not painting, what are you typically up to? Any other hobbies?
When I’m not painting I’m typically outside doing something with my dog, like hiking or gardening or running. I teach art part time at an elementary school outside of Boston, so I’m often in my classroom or preparing for upcoming lessons. I wish I could say I’m into cooking, but my husband is really the chef in our family!
Last but not least, who are some artists and makers out there that you think we should know about?
Oh my gosh, there are so many of them and I’m pretty sure they have all been featured on Cantik Collective’s Instagram! Honestly, the community of female artists and makers on Instagram has been a total game-changer for me. The amount of support, love, and inspiration I get from them on a daily basis is remarkable. I am constantly inspired by the work of Soraya Guerrero (@sorayalvg), Raven Roxanne Wilson (@rainbird) and Christina Baker (@christinabaker1) just to name a few!
If you are interested in being featured or know some interesting makers, please comment or contact Cantik Collective.