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Meet Nicole Pedraza of The Juliet Collections in The Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Pedraza.

Nicole, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I know myself as a Nikki of all trades. Being an artist and creating has always been my escape from the real world. Most of the time you will find me woodworking, writing music and stories, web designing, or live streaming my video game obsession on Twitch.

My dad is an industrial designer, so I grew up in a household where I learned that if something was broken, we take it apart and see WHY it is broken… and then we fix it. My journey as an artist started when I was five. I was watching The Little Mermaid, singing my heart out with Ariel, and my mom walked in the room and told me that I had a beautiful voice. Immediately in that moment, I decided that I wanted to be a singer. Music has always been my passion, but my fear of putting myself out there to be judged has always held me back., although I am releasing my first song and music video next month. With art, I have no reservations about what I create. Whether it’s building furniture, making dream catchers, or designing intricate wood art pieces, I know that I am making a one of a kind piece that you won’t find anywhere else. (But if you want that generic piece, show me a picture and I can make that too ha!) Today, I find peace in being a creator and am constantly inspired by the world around me.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My journey has not been the easiest, but it definitely hasn’t been boring! I grew up with a special needs brother and my mom passed away when I was a teenager so I made creating my outlet. And once you get an itch to make something from nothing, or repurpose something to give it new life, you can’t ignore it. One of the biggest struggles I face now is a lack of space. I build the majority of my pieces from my apartment and only have room for a miter saw, a scroll saw, and a variety of smaller tools. Unfortunately, this hinders the type of pieces I am able to make, although someday soon I am hoping to buy a house and get the table saw of my dreams!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Juliet Collections – what should we know?
The Juliet Collections actually started out as a wedding/special event company. I specialized in making custom floral crowns and hairpieces for weddings, baby showers, graduations, etc. However, my free-spirited self gets bored of things very quickly and I decided to expand to all avenues of arts & crafts. What makes The Juliet Collections stand out is our craftsmanship and our ability to make custom, one of a kind home decor pieces. We work with our clients to ensure that they will receive a product that they will love for years to come. Our biggest project, (and one of our coolest) was making 20 of our signature hexagon shelves (the Dexter) for a Disney/Box Lunch photoshoot… with a four days deadline. It was intense and stressful to say the least, but I pulled it off and am proud to see my work on display for such a high profile client.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I definitely attribute my artistic ability to my dad. (Music, not so much, but don’t tell him I said that.) I used to come home as a kid to random home decor projects, suddenly my dining room was painted a new shade of green or there was a new device being crafted and tinkered with in our basement. He used to make me sit down at the kitchen table and would say, “Draw this”. And my eyes would roll so far in the back of my head like, “NOT AGAIN”. I didn’t appreciate it at the time because I thought I knew more than everyone. But he was always teaching me and I’m lucky enough to be able to call him when I am stuck on a design or need someone to bounce an idea off of. My work would definitely be C+ level at best if it wasn’t for him sharing his experience with me!

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