Meet Our Vendor: Sam Juliana
We are so excited to have this new vendor join us for our winter show! You will love her designs and messages. Please say hello to Sam Juliana!
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Sam Juliana! Juliana was the name of my Czech great grandmother who I never knew but heard many stories about. I feel like she made my mom the incredible, hard-working, inspirational woman she is, and thus in turn who I am – always an artist, and always hard at work. I have been painting and drawing my entire life, and also playing dress-up. And now, as a natural transition, I create art wearable clothing. I view clothing as an exciting possibility of expression. The amount of excitement I feel to be making comfortable, wearable art is off the charts!
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I’ll be coming from Oakland, CA.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Since I started my business just this year, I have only done two craft shows so far. The most exciting thing about them was seeing actual people in my garments. I loved talking to everyone that came into my booth. I loved seeing them walk out of my booth in a top of mine they just bought and then having someone else come into my booth because they saw them in it and loved it and had to know where it came from. I love meeting other makers who are just as inspired as I am about their craft. To put it simply, I love the excitement of it all. I always come away feeling so energized by it all.
How did you get started in your business?
Seeing my mother start her business when I was still young had a huge influence on me. She is very determined and hard-working, and so when I was 12 I started sitting down at the sewing machine and making collaged wrist-cuffs. Collaged bracelets that would snap closed. I sold a lot of them and was very excited by my first foray into the world of having a small business. In the years that followed, I experimented with art schools and interned for small businesses, was lucky enough to travel to inspiring countries like Iceland and France, and I continued to be inspired by my mother’s evolving clothing business. Then, at the beginning of this year, 2018 at the age of 27, I decided to start my own business and pursue it seriously. I had just experienced a devastating break-up, and never thought I’d be able to disentangle myself from the melancholy of it. But somehow I did. And somehow I’m now living my dream of having a small business and making art you can wear, a concept I once could only dream about but never thought possible. It’s always cool to figure out how to make your dreams come true.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
That each one is a wholly unique, one-of-kind piece completely hand-made by me. They enjoy the artwork, and unique creative techniques clearly, and without hesitation, communicated with each piece of art wearable clothing.