Julia walks around with her backpack at all times. In it are her sketchbooks, pages filled with ink. She flips through them and explains what inspired each illustration with her hands flying and a quiet pride on her face.
“It’s hard for me to convey words. I can convey my emotions through shapes. Based on what I’m feeling in the moment, the drawing comes out as aggressive or peaceful or scared. My work is full of my emotions but it’s kind of cryptic. I don’t mind sharing my work because it’s not so revealing, like a poem would be.”
The energy around Julia is vulnerable as she goes deeper and deeper into her sketchbooks. Each page has a story attached to it – from the first drawing her new pen filled with excitement to an angry release made busy with thick lines. Recently, nature has left its imprint on her work.
“Right after I graduated last spring, I went on a hike for a month. I escaped and hiked the Appalachian Trail with my best friend. We did 300 miles. I brought a sketchbook. I think that trip has really inspired a lot of my art. I spent that time literally in the wilderness for an entire chunk of my life. A lot of natural shapes are coming out. Now I draw and it grows the way a plant would grow.”
When she’s not at home in her new studio trying her hand at different artistic media, you’ll probably find Julia in a coffee shop around town.
“I’m trying to meet people in Austin so I’ve been hanging out at coffee shops a lot. My new spot is Brew and Brew. There’s a ton of regulars there. It’s kind of like a little community. And honestly drawing is a really good excuse to sit at a coffee shop alone.”
If you see Julia on your next coffee run, say hi. Just make sure you don’t peek too long over her shoulders for a glimpse of her latest drawing. Instead, check out her finished work on her website and wear it by shopping her collaborations with collective blue.
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