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Rising Stars: Meet Julia Wester

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Wester.

Hi Julia, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was a Television Producer in a past life, in which I won an Emmy! After ten years, I wasn’t really happy producing television anymore. I was engaged and in the process of planning my wedding and found a new love for creating that way. I made the hard decision to leave production and start over again at 30 with a brand new career. I started interning and working for free to learn as much as I could.

Eventually, I got a job as a Creative Assistant with Designer and Lifestyle Blogger Joy Cho of Oh Joy! One thing led to another and I created my job there and became the in house prop stylist. Playing with pretty props and creating DIYS was my everyday and I loved it. I was the Creative Content Director at Oh Joy! for the seven years.

Then, I found myself transitioning into navigating a new life with two kiddos at home during a pandemic. Creative companies were all on hold and there wasn’t much work I could do with my kids at home. So, I started dyeing clothing for fun and to keep my creative juices flowing. After tie-dyeing tees for my son’s Camp themed 2nd birthday, I began experimenting and dyeing more pieces for friends and family. One thing led to another and Camp by Julia Wester was born. I have since collaborated with many wonderful brands and opened my own online shop.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The pandemic has also thrown a wrench into my career and life in general, as it has with a lot of people. Right when it happened, I was transitioning from a job I had for seven years to jumping into becoming a freelance prop stylist. I wasn’t able to smoothly make that transition because everything shut down. I found the momentum I had and all the potential clients lined up to work with were gone. After building a career and many transitions to find a job I love, I was forced to change gears and put that aside to stay home with my kids. I have a five year old and a two year old. Like most moms, that was and still is a major challenge and daily struggle. But with this struggle, I had to find new ways to try and work and be creative. I don’t think Camp would have been born if I wasn’t forced this time to build it.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m an all-around creative person. I’m a prop stylist and Artist. What I’m most proud of is the fact that I’m able to do so many different things from creating your DIY party backdrop to styling a room or art directing a photoshoot, producing video content, and I’m a hand dye artist with my own shop, Camp by Julia Wester.

Honestly, I never thought I’d have my own retail business. I am so thankful to have Camp and I love dyeing pieces and I’m so happy that people love it. My shop was my pandemic baby and I am extremely proud of what it’s become. I have gotten to work with many brands that I love and collaborating on beautiful pieces. I hope people continue to love my shop and It’ll continue to grow and evolve.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
This is an interesting question because I am not a lucky person. I always joke about this because I am never lucky. When the pandemic started and I was in the middle of this career transition, I broke my ankle. So I was stuck at home on the couch unable to do anything for months with two young kids at home and my career in limbo. Now that is bad luck! But I take that bad luck and I turn lemons into lemonade, like Beyonce says “A winner don’t quit on themselves”. I’ve learned to be resilient. I always “leap and the net will appear”. That has been my life’s motto.

Pricing:

  • Dye Kit with Video Tutorial, $60
  • Mini Dye Refill Kit, $24
  • Dyed Cotton Pillowcases, $40
  • Cotton Crew Socks, $18
  • Rainbow Ombre Pullover, $46

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Image Credits
Lucia Tran, Casey Brodley, Lily Glass

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