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Meet Juliana Tipton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juliana Tipton.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve always loved working with my hands. It became evident very early on that I was a tactile person. I learned to knit when I was young, which led to sewing and eventually to my main passions of jewelry making and printmaking.

I started making jewelry in 2009, using mainly stringing and beading techniques. I constantly searched for different materials to incorporate color and texture with beads and stones, while developing my own voice and design aesthetic. I began to use thread, rather than wire, as a wrapping technique to fasten beads to metal components. This gave my pieces a “sewn” quality, harkening to my early stitching years and my jewelry design voice was found.

Around 2011, I experimented with block prints, carving into linoleum blocks to create a design, which is then inked and hand pressed onto paper, or fabric. After my first few designs, I was hooked and pursued printmaking on a consistent basis. I applied this technique to create stationery, art prints and textile designs. Then in 2015, I started Dutch Girl Handmade Goods, as an avenue to continue my handmade journey and create a venue to put my products out into the world!

Please tell us about your art.
My love for texture, color, and pattern has bloomed through my other passion and “day job” as a graphic designer. Recently I’ve been working more with polymer clay in my jewelry designs and I love the versatility of this material. It can hold a crisp line or be blended to create painterly effects, seamless color gradients, or fully mixed into a unique color. With it, I can achieve very graphic, yet organic patterns.

I’m hugely inspired by surface and textile design and am drawn to bold, clean shapes and strong color. This aesthetic lends itself very well to printmaking, in particular with linocuts. I find simple designs with strong shapes very powerful and beautiful.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Yes, creating is often a solitary process. I really enjoy participating in local markets. It’s a fantastic way to connect with other makers who are creating, selling, succeeding and struggling in the same ways that I am. For a maker/small business owner who is figuring it all out as I go, these connections have been hugely inspiring and uplifting.

I also find that Instagram can be a supportive realm. Especially if I’m experimenting with a new idea it can be a good source for immediate feedback. I’ve had really great experiences connecting with makers across the globe and have so far found open and enthusiastic dialogue, especially within the printmaking community there.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The most direct place to see my work is my website. I currently have jewelry stocked at shops “Crow and Lilac” in Julian, and at “Bench Home” in Kensington. I also frequent some local craft markets through San Diego Made and Maker’s Arcade; I usually have upcoming events listed on my website.

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