Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Scott.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have made collages for as long as I can remember. No surface was safe, I covered my bedroom door, notebooks, purses, a sash for a dress, anything! It wasn’t until I studied abroad in Italy that I discovered handmade papers. I started making cards to send to friends and family back home. I’m always making things, throwing a dinner party so I can make invitations, making Christmas gifts. It’s the best when someone else can have what you’ve made. Seven years ago, a friend encouraged me to do the Cheesman Park Art Festival and it was so much fun! I’ve done it every year since and am always thinking of new things to debut at the show. The most popular item currently are my stitched notes, handmade paper with a quote typed on my 1939 Underwood typewriter and then stitched with blue and red thread to look like notebook paper. My partner at the Artisan Center did the first wholesale order of stitched notes three years ago and they have become one of our best-selling items. Because of their popularity at the Artisan Center and at my summer shows, I now have a handful of reps around the country and am in 40 stores and growing!
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a fairly smooth road mostly because it’s been a very slow road. I also co-own the Artisan Center in Cherry Creek North, so I’ve been working on Studio Lupino on the side. I have Studio Lupino art shows in the summers, have an Etsy page, and as of two years ago, a growing wholesale business. Most of my struggles have been me thinking I can’t do something or don’t have the time. It’s usually not true. I’m learning to trust myself more so I’m letting myself jump into opportunities and figure out how it will work out later!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Studio Lupino – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m most known for quotes and cards. I try to use quotes that aren’t saturated, ones you might not have heard before. I love watching people look through my cards at shows, they laugh, have to immediately show the friend they are with and some even cry. There are usually lots of tears in my booth. People find just the right card for a certain occasion or they find a message that resonates with them. My cards are all handmade by me on my typewriter and sewing machine. They are a slow crafted handmade item in our fast world, and I think people can feel that. I’m most proud to hear the stories people share with me about how a note helped a friend or inspired someone, how they look at theirs every day for encouragement.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Denver, it’s where I grew up. I love every season of the year and all the little neighborhoods with shops. I love how close we are to the mountains and how people enjoy being outside as much as possible. We have a great art scene, fabulous art festivals and amazing facilities for taking classes. I like that people are friendly here. I don’t love all the traffic and the big city style of driving that seems to have taken over.
- Stitched Notes are $6.50
- Website: studiolupino.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: studiolupino
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studiolupino19