Hi, I'm Juliet Furst!
I am an artist, illustrator, and photographer from Wilmington, North Carolina. I studied Studio Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While there I developed separate loves for graphic design, painting, and drawing, which gradually converged to form what I think is a calling toward illustration. For a while I thought that this was mostly limited to illustrating children’s books, but after seeing the work of Leah Goren that “aha!” moment finally made its appearance. I discovered that I could turn my paintings and drawings into textiles, ceramics, book covers, editorial illustrations—most anything—for a career. That’s the dream!
In the meantime...
I’ve really loved being involved with different kinds of art spaces, which currently translates to teaching summer art camps, doing graphic design for our local project space, and volunteering at the art museum. Photography has also been a fun outlet for me, and in the past few years I’ve fallen hard for film and the whole process behind it. I’m not quite sure exactly which niche(s) I’ll end up settling into, but that’s exactly what makes this young-artist-looking-wide-eyed-at-the-world period SO exciting. In a sense, I think I’ll always be living the dream so long as I’m chasing that thing that I can’t stop talking about. Seeing the world as a collection of colors.
Both of my parents are artists, so I credit them with giving me the confidence to pursue art. When I was not at home, my childhood was spent in art museums and in our shed-turned-studios, watching my dad ink copper plates to print or watching my mom finish a mural stretched across the wall. My older sister is also an artist. I’m so thankful and fortunate to have the support of a bunch of art geeks at home; they’re incredible.
Keeping it real...
1) If you want to start a new creative hobby, try to get started this week. Make the first drawing, write the first poem, watch that first Youtube tutorial, whatever it is.
2) Marketing yourself is crucial, even if it at first feels a little uncomfortable. Go ahead and make yourself a CV, website, a logo, a set of business cards, and a LinkedIn. Force the legitimacy you might normally think is reserved for established artists and makers. Who says that’s not for you, too? You definitely don’t have to a long list of clients or projects to justify having a link to your work.
3) Reach out to people in your field whose work you admire; ask them questions.
4) Keep physical lists of goals you want to reach by the end of the month and year. Some of mine are lists of supplies, upgrades, and softwares I want to save for. Somehow these pieces of paper will keep you accountable by nagging at you for as long as the boxes stay unchecked.
5) Remember that someone has to get that scholarship or that job—why not you? Treat these opportunities like there are only a couple people applying; hush-up that quiet voice that tells you, “There are probably thousands of applicants, so my chances are low.” Nope. Go for it anyway.
My morning routine is some combination of washing my face, opening the blinds, pouring coffee, and dragging my fuzzy blanket to the couch for my quiet time/devotions. While I was in school I’d try to get up and go to the gym first thing and bring my breakfast (usually a smoothie) to have before class. If I don’t work out in the morning, I’ll use that time to paint or edit photos and then meet friends at the gym to boulder in the evening. I would be hopelessly lost without a planner (my trusty patterned Bando agenda) to put in writing any dates and deadlines. I’ve also started using the notes section to keep lists of businesses and companies I’d love to work for, art exhibitions to submit to, creative goals for the month, and ideas for day trips around the state.