Julia Gualtieri is an artist and educator and collaborator on the 2016 Moon Woman Rising Moon Calendar - a beautiful object that she designed and screen printed. Working with Julia is always dreamy - she is has playful, even mischievous attitude towards beauty that shines through in her work and teaching. She gently pushes herself to work in new ways with new people, bravely going outside her comfort zone, which is totally inspiring. Here she answers a few questions for Moon Woman Rising about her approach to creativity. You can find her limited edition (only 100 were printed) Lunar Hare Moon Calendar in the shop.
1. What areas of your life do you direct your creative energy towards?
I am currently teaching a lot at the moment. In a given week I can be working with toddlers, teenagers, and young adults. Teaching is the most challenging thing I do because even though I really like it, I am kind of introverted by nature and speaking in front of groups still makes me a little bit nervous. A class can be a magical experience where people can connect to each other, to themselves, and art. I'm spending a lot of creative energy thinking about how I can make the classes I teach feel a little magical.
2. What fuels your creative practice? What fills your vessel?
It took me a long time to realize I feel most creative when I am working with other people. Generating ideas, drawing, and making with others really inspires me. I take play very seriously.
3. What do you hold sacred in your life right now?
The world is beautiful and horrible. It's important not to ignore the disturbing, ugly, and uncomfortable. Joseph Campbell says "The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." I guess what I hold sacred in my life right now are little objects like plastic dinosaurs or drawings of helpful monsters that I have decided have protective powers and help me sit with the less than desirable things in the world.
Julia is an artist and educator in Providence, Rhode Island. She took her first printmaking class fifteen years ago and has been in love ever since. She works as a printer and in her free time she prints. Over the years she has worked with young people through many local organizations including New Urban Arts, CityArts, RISD Project Open Door, the RISD Museum, and the Providence Comics Consortium. She loves Providence, even in the wintertime.