Heather makes beautiful jewelry and hair ornaments. She has them for sale in her Etsy Shop: Penny Joules. Please take a look when you finish reading her post. You’ll love what she creates! -Lillian
I am Heather the woman behind the scenes here at Penny Jules. I am an artist, and long time enthusiast of all things arts and crafty. As a mother of two young children I have found that my time for creating can be limited. I am fortunate that I am able to do what I love from my home and draw inspiration from my life, family, and friends.
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a paid artist. When I first thought of being a paid artist I had this vision that I would be a painter. Drawing, painting and the like were always my passion. I heard from many people that it is very unlikely that I would have become successful at it. So I chose not to pursue that as my career. Now when I think back to all those times I realize that my dream has actually come true, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.
I seem to always have several projects going on, or wanting to get going. Hair combs are always on my mind. I just love them; I recently posted a video on how easy it is to wear them. Another thing that has been big for me lately is shoe painting. I’ve painted several pairs, and have orders for a few more. I am still trying to decide if this is a direction in which I would like to expand my business.
I don’t particularly have a theme I follow in my work; It is basically when inspiration hits I need to make it then. Which usually leaves me in the midst of quite a mess. I don’t feel I identify with any one type of art. I just love beautiful things. I have an eclectic style, and try to meld many types of beauty together. I love taking colors or pieces that most people think “Oh, that won’t go” and putting them together. Unexpected whimsy is my favorite.
I love making wearable art because it is fun! Our body is our everyday canvas, why not have fun with that? I find making art in general is soothing, and healing to my soul. If I just need to clear my mind it is where I go. Sometimes I don’t get it right and have to start over, but I take what I learned from that failed attempt, and make it better. If my art makes any impact on the world, even if it is just making one other person aside from myself happy, I have been successful.
My one piece of advice for anyone is, if there is something that you love doing, do it as often as you can. If there comes an opportunity to make it your job, dream, your way of life, just go for it. Have fun, enjoy your life, and don’t let people tell you that you can’t be successful at your dream.
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