How did you start your creative business? What drives you to keep creating?
My art is inspired by a longing to share how I see the world with other people. I'm very lucky because I see things that others see as very mundane as incredibly beautiful. I can see the ordinariness, but I see beauty there at the same time. Our world is full of amazing patterns, colours, quirks and wonder. I see that everywhere, and I want to help others to see it.
At the moment I'm focusing on the city of Melbourne, and her suburbs, and in particular my home suburb. Coburg, where I live, is the perfect subject for me because it isn't somewhere that people gush about as being gorgeous, and yet Coburg is really vibrant, eclectic, full of characterful houses and beautiful gardens. I walk around this area and find inspiration everywhere. All the different styles of gates and rooflines, the patterns of leadlight windows, the lovely gardens, the varying colourschemes, and the people and their pets. I love this place.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I long to be a fully-fledged balanced human-being one day! That is my dream. The exact career, or more likely career-combo, isn't that important, but I'm aiming to be fulfilled, creative, having time with the people that matter to me, and contributing positively to the world. I'd really love it if some of this could be achieved through my art.
What music do you listen to while you create?
1960s motown is my favourite genre (who doesn't like to sing along with Otis and Aretha?) other favourites include Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes, Stornoway, Dave Brubeck, Crowded House and Queen. My favourite playlists keep me guessing with everything from baroque bassoon tunes to modern jazz and plenty of 1980s cheese -- I like to mix things up!
What's one piece of advice you would give to a new Etsy seller?
Choose a name for yourself that you love and can work with long-term. I always wanted to add my Mum's name, Felix, to my name, but I when I was young and naive I lost my nerve. Years later I regret it, so I'm re-launching myself with the name I've always wanted to use, which is Julia Marshall Felix. I think this name is more distinctive and suits my work (which frequently features felines) but I really wish I'd used this name from the start because it is hard enough to build a following and business without changing your name along the way.
Where can customers find you?
I have an Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/JuliaMarshall
I also have a blog about art, life, taking photos of other people's cats, building Melbourne out of Lego and other important discussion points like thate: https://alongwayfromlyddington.wordpress.com
And my Instagram feed is a similarly eclectic mix of my illustrations and photos of nice buildings, gardens and cats:@juliamarshallfelix
My new website, www.juliamarshallfelix.com is coming soon.
You can meet Julia and pick up some of her cool artwork at Etsy Made Local Melbourne, 25 November, 14 Gaffney St Coburg. See you there!!