I do what I do because I just can’t live without it. For me it is not work, in the usual sense of the word, it’s a lifestyle
My name is Julia, and I am from Ukraine. I spent my childhood in the mountains of Georgia. My parents were in the military and lived at the outpost, away from civilization. Currently I live in my home country.
I love sewing by hand. Of course, I use a sewing machine when I sew big pieces together. However, all of my products have parts made by hand and some are entirely handmade. I always buy a limited amount of certain fabric so almost every single one of my creations is unique and different from the rest. Even if I try to make two identical items, in the end they always have some differences.
I do what I do because I just can’t live without it. For me it is not “work,” in the usual sense of the word, it’s a lifestyle. Sometimes I like to get away from reality and plunge into the world of childhood, colors, and fantasies.
I was working as a designer for a company sometime ago, but I wasn’t very happy. I had very little control which didn’t allow my creativity to flow. Then I started my handmade business. Now my day is very busy too but it is me who is in control of what to do next.
This business gave me a purpose in life. It used to be just a hobby, but now I can clearly see what I want to do and in what direction I should develop myself.
Everything from design to the finished product and photos are all my work. I like the process and its realization, even though it takes a lot of time, as each product requires a lot of manual work. However, the result makes me so happy and I dream it will make my customers happy too.
At first, it was hard to materialize ideas since I did not finish the special schools for sewing construction and technical drawing. I wanted to do something original. For example the first cover for a device I made was finished a year after the first sketch. I tried to make it immediately as soon as I got the idea but it turned out very crooked and not functional. Over time, I realized my mistakes and drew up a couple of new sketches and tried again. My first working device cover took me about 4 days but it was worth it! These days, sewing the same cover takes me 2 to 3 hours.
For now, my best selling items are Sleep Masks. I guess it’s because they are great gifts and you can also use them yourself. Also, everyone has to sleep.
In my spare time, I love to be with my family – son and husband. We like to walk in the city and ride in the car around some beautiful places. Also I like my roller skates!
I am very happy I’ve found ArtFire. They help me with my business and help me think like a business person. All I can say to those who want to start selling their products is – be creative and always believe in what you do!