Julie Zakrzewski, Primitive Folk Artist
As long as I can remember I have had a love for creating and "making do" and no one modeled that better than my mother, who was always able to take the simplest things and create something beautiful on her vintage black Singer Sewing Machine, where I also learned to sew! We went to every garage sale and thrift store around and to this day I still love to find that hidden bargain for my latest creations.
I have gone through many phases in my creative journey, from sewing, to cross stitch, scherenshnitte, to hand quilting, painting, and stencilling, but always returning to my first love of sewing, both by machine and by hand. After a long unexplained illness (later to be diagnosed as fibroymialgia) leaving me unable to do much physically, I found that hand stitching was something I could do that caused very little pain but brought a sense of accomplishment, purpose and joy.
As I developed my hand stitching skills, I began to make things for friends and family as gifts. When my fibro became manageable, I began selling my work because of their encouragement and then discovered the wonderful world of primitives! I knew I had found my true creative niche and My Primitive Heart was born!!
Presently I am managing my fibro and able to work in my home making folk art. Some of my favorite things to create are primitive dolls, fabric birds, and pincushions and of course, "the makedo" and I love to find unique old "found objects" and reinvent them for a new future heirloom. Being able to create truly brings me joy and has allowed me to express myself in a tangible way!
Having my own website has been a dream of mine for years and finally with the help of my amazing husband Jeff, this dream is being realized! Each thing I make is a tribute to the inspiration of my mother, to my husband who has always encouraged me to dream and most of all to my Heavenly Father, the ultimate Creator! My heartfelt thanks to all of them!