SPOTLIGHT: Julie Ryver

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Age: 55

Business: Julie Ryver Designs

Facebook: Julie Ryver Designs

Instagram: @julieryverdesigns



How did you come to start your business?

Arts and crafts have always been part of my life. From 2005-2010 I had a store-front business called JR Designs–all things paper crafting. I would design and teach classes as well as sell products. Projects included scrapbooking, wall decor, and hand-made albums. In 2010 my mom passed away and the recession hit. I closed the doors and for one year I didn’t create–anything. Then one day I stumbled upon a You Tube video showing the process of mixed media, using paint, paper, stamps, inks, etc. on canvas. I certainly owned all of that from my paper crafting days, so I pulled out some supplies and started to play on canvas. A few girlfriends noticed and wanted to make their own canvas. So we set up in my dining room and it began. From there, word spread.

Typically, I teach at least one original class each month, usually holiday/season themed. Class size ranges from 10-20 people. Obviously, I have outgrown my dining room. In addition to that, I teach at local private schools and homeschool groups, company work retreats, church groups, private in-home classes, and at the Vocational Training Center. I also teach hand-lettering and calligraphy. 

What’s your favorite thing about your work?

I love the creative process, playing with color, texture, design. I love being around people–teaching allows me to connect and make new friends. And I love how each student, while given the same supplies and instruction, creates something unique. They leave with something they can be proud to place on their wall or give as a gift. 

Are there other areas in your life where you exercise creativity?

Music has always been a big part of my life–involved in singing groups since high school. Art, Bible and prayer journaling are a part of my daily routine. Also, while I wouldn’t think the two go together, I am a mad organizer–that requires creativity. It’s a balance with a business. There is the fun side of making things, and then there is all the tracking of class registration, payments, supplies, class materials, and simply finding what you’re looking for in your studio. You will always find my paints in ROYGBIV order! 🙂 

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