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Swim With Me: Inside the creative the world of creative someone as well as woman nurture Julie Goldstein

Artist Julie Goldstein as well as her boy Frankie. Photo past times Mark Tesi. 
In 2008, creative someone Julie Goldstein lost everything inwards a fire. She as well as her hubby Mark Tesi owned Pine Surf Shop as well as Gallery, a successful fine art gallery as well as store inwards New Bailiwick of Jersey amongst Andy Davis paintings on the walls as well as Cyrus Sutton icon screening nights. Life was good. And as well as then all of it — the gallery, her fine art studio as well as piece of job within — burned to the ground. It's the variety of destruction that could direct maintain shattered whatever dreamer to give up. But Julie saw it equally a novel beginning.

"My clients from Cardiff heard most the dismiss as well as they said, 'We direct maintain a cottage here. It’s empty for a month. Why don’t y'all guys come upward out hither as well as merely opor-garai as well as acquire away?'" says Julie of how she as well as her hubby Mark ended upward inwards California. "We drove amongst our surfboards [cross country] as well as nosotros never went back." 

Julie has been a Californian right away for 7 years as well as the endless sunshine as well as waves inspired her to farther contain her honey of swimming into her artwork, as well as most lately maternity (she gave nascency to her boy Frankie merely over twelvemonth ago) has been her muse. Julie's boy Frankie as well as Seea designer Amanda Chinchelli's fille Annabel direct maintain spent many a play dates together at the beach piece the moms surf! 

In improver to her arwork of hand-carved woodblock prints as well as manus sewn cloth patchwork, Julie’s novel corporation SWM (Swim With Me) is a collaborative build of products. Thus far it’s taken the shape of ultra soft natural dyed knit t-shirts amongst LA dying artisans, a custom women’s wetsuit attain for Japan-based Axxe wetsuits, as well as a forthcoming special tote pocketbook inwards collaboration amongst Seea. We caught upward amongst Julie to verbalise to a greater extent than most motherhood, her artwork as well as why East coast surfing made her tough.
Artist Julie Goldstein carving forest inwards her studio. Photo past times Sarah Lee. 
Julie Goldstein's fine art prints made from woodblock carvings.  "Miss Clara T.  Hurst AKA T-BONES amongst babies" as well as "Miss Florence B. West AKA FLO amongst babies." 
What is your piece of job about? 

My piece of job has ever been most women: camaraderie amongst women, women inwards history, women that I know as well as stories that direct maintain been passed downwardly to me. My piece of job re-tells these stories as well as oft plays on the alter-ego of women inwards contrast to the 24-hour interval to 24-hour interval reality of each personality. I oft portray women surfing as well as swimming, the body of body of water has ever been a potent chemical element inwards my work. Each slice tells a storey that I promise instills empowerment as well as pregnant to the "true self."

What are some examples of your artwork serial most women? 

The "Women as well as Children on Dirt bike" serial [based on observation piece traveling through Costa Rica) is most maternity as well as how mothers are nurturing yet fearless. This experience made me reverberate on our guild as well as how unlike our civilization is compared to others. After watching women inwards Central America cruising on their dirt bikes sans helmets as well as shoes, I felt a wishing to practise a trunk of piece of job that expresses the clitoris of these women as well as how they empowered me. I expect at these women equally operate models as well as created each woodcut four feet x viii feet to exhibit them life size.
A woodcut impress from the "Mother as well as Children on Dirbikes" serial past times creative someone Julie Goldstein. Photo courtesy of Julie Goldstein. 

Your women’s lifesaving league serial has women surfing on longboards as well as asset babies. Was that later y'all gave nascency to your son, Frankie? 

The "Women's Lifesaving League" serial is a trunk of piece of job that tells the storey of women swimmers from 1901-1911 inwards New York City. They challenged the rules of swimming as well as proved their athleticism equally they raced the men inwards the Hudson River to gain equal chance equally athletes. Some of the races were 23-25 miles long. These women were pioneers, badass as well as believed inwards their goals to alter history forever. They started their ain league as well as trained women to swim as well as relieve lives inwards the water. The stories are compelling as well as empowering.

I actually connected to these stories as well as to these women. This trunk of piece of job is ane of my favorites hence far. The images of the women surfing were inspired past times asset Frankie as well as how much my life changed later having a baby. The surfing pieces are metaphors for residuum as well as how powerful surfing is to me — peculiarly equally a mother. 

While I was pregnant, I also created a few pieces of women pregnant as well as surfing. The H2O was the exclusively identify where I felt light, comfortable as well as my truthful self, peculiarly toward the terminate of my pregnancy, when I could experience Frankie moving inwards my belly when I would become inwards the water. I reflected a lot most my honey for the H2O as well as Frankie inwards my womb as well as how life is cyclical. I experience fortunate to go a surfer as well as to experience so connected to the sea.

Inside Julie Goldstein's fine art studio. Photo past times Takashi Tomito. 

What’s the storey behind Swim With Me, your collaboration project?

My fine art series, "Swim With Me" was the initiative of all trunk of piece of job that I created later nosotros moved to California from New Jersey, later Pine burned downwardly inwards 2008. I lost most of my woodcuts as well as fine art inwards that dismiss as well as starting over was challenging. This trunk of piece of job was most starting over, beingness fearless amongst my concepts, images as well as message. I decided I was going to acquire inwards most swimming because beingness inwards the H2O is my happy identify as well as it is the identify where I reverberate as well as honor inspiration. In the swirl pieces, I used a lot of negative space. This was something novel for me. I decided to recycle forest remains from the dismiss as well as to usage them inwards a novel way, a positive way. In front end of the swirls, I drew girls swimming, surfing as well as riding dirt bikes. Are they carrying the swirls amongst them or leaving them behind? Is it H2O or is it fire?

I created my build SWM (Swim amongst me) this past times year. It was inspired past times the stories that I tell inwards my work.  SWM is a collaboration build as well as allows me the chance to piece of job amongst other designers, artists as well as brands to build beautiful production as well as accessories.  I chose the scream SWM because it represents commraderie, working together as well as creating together. My initiative of all collaboration was amongst artists at Cal State Long Beach.  I worked amongst natural dyers to practise a business of tees, tanks as well as bags created amongst organic materials as well as natural dyes.

SWM backpack as well as t-shirt past times Julie Goldstein. Photo past times Dane Peterson. 
Julie Goldstein trying on a sample of the Axxe wetsuit collaboration. Photo past times Sarah Lee. 
One of Julie Goldstein's artworks that employs a woodcut impress as well as fabric. Photo courtesy of Julie Goldstein. 

Your initiative of all SWM projection is vesture as well as natural dying, how did y'all come upward upon natural dying?

I was pregnant when I started this line. I felt that I needed to modify everything I did inwards my studio. Maybe I shouldn’t go around pigment as well as inks amongst a babe growing within of me. My assistant said, “Why don’t nosotros dabble inwards vegetable dyes?” We did a yoke runs as well as samples. I honey the agency it feels, it encompasses how I am equally a person. Even though it's a lot harder to produce, I also honey that everything is non perfect. Each is dyed individually, each slice looks unique I honey the procedure as well as colors too.

Has beingness a woman bring upward of a toddler changed your creative process?

Being a woman bring upward of a toddler has changed by as well as large my schedule rather than my process. I soundless make as well as practise inwards the same manner, its merely that my blocks of fourth dimension to piece of job inwards my studio are limited. I direct maintain to give my self to a greater extent than fourth dimension to consummate piece of job as well as attain deadlines. Some days I research, others I draw, carve or sew, it merely depends on the project. Basically, I piece of job when Frankie sleeps, so that tin go 1 hr a 24-hour interval or 3 hours a day, it merely depends. Finding that sweetness residuum has been challenging, but nosotros are making it work. Frankie loves to go inwards the studio amongst me as well as presently plenty volition go making fine art amongst me!!

Julie Goldstein as well as her boy Frankie. Photo past times Mark Tesi.

In what ways has having a kid inspired your work?

Having a kid has inspired me inwards many ways. Frankie reminds me of my inner-child as well as gives me permission to explore, limited as well as PLAY! Watching Frankie as well as beingness around children has motivated me inwards a novel way. I also wishing to go a role-model for Frankie as well as instruct him to go comfortable around materials as well as the creative process. We are constantly doing as well as creating inwards our home.

You say that you’re “an East coaster that lives on the W coast” fifty-fifty though you’ve been hither for 7 years. What’s the East Coast mentality?

I honey the East coast as well as am proud to say that I am from New Jersey. The East has a unlike energy; Its fast, its opinionated, its loud as well as it knows what it wants! The East coast has seasons, which ever affected my creativity, color palette as well as dependent area matter. We lived on Long Beach Island; it hustled inwards the summertime as well as was desolate inwards the winter. The wintertime months were quiet, mutual depression temperature as well as helped me to focus on my studio work. I was as well as soundless am rattling inspired past times the East coast. My friends as well as solid unit of measurement are all apart of my work, storytelling as well as memories. As much equally I honey living on the West coast, I practise miss the East.

How practise y'all residuum your East coast roots amongst W coast life now?

Mark as well as I are both inspired past times the East coast mentality, yet honey the West coast agency of living. I think at that topographic point has to go a residuum as well as direct maintain in conclusion learned where the sweetness spot is betwixt piece of job as well as relaxing. We locomote dorsum habitation (East) quite a bit. My destination is to locomote dorsum for the summertime months. My rattling adept friend Ann Coen opened upward a gallery on Long Beach Island, were I exhibit my piece of job as well as sell SWM product. I would similar to go dorsum East to a greater extent than oft to piece of job amongst my clients as well as collaborate amongst artists as well as designers equally good equally honor inspiration from my roots.

Julie Goldstein inwards her fine art studio. Photo past times Takashi Tomito. 
"Under the Full Luna Winter" artwork past times Julie Goldstein. 

What’s the surf civilization similar inwards East coast?

Surfing on the East coast is most friendship. We all knew each other as well as encouraged each other to surf, fifty-fifty on cold, snowy days. Its to a greater extent than intimate as well as everyone is stoked to go surfing. I retrieve fifty-fifty on large days, the guys were ever rooting for the girls, forcing us to accept off on large sets. Back when I was growing up, it was a little grouping of people that surfed, right away it seems similar everyone is surfing, including the girls!

Did y'all surf amongst whatever women growing up?

I had 3 fille friends that surfed amongst me equally a teenager. We all got our initiative of all surfboards as well as wetsuits when nosotros were 11. I volition never forget those days. We would acquire so excited to paddle out, fifty-fifty on rainy, stormy days. When I was inwards my mid 20's, at that topographic point was a grouping of us. These ladies inspired my initiative of all trunk of piece of job titled "Team Riders."

Do y'all consider yourself a surf artist?

My fine art has a lot to practise amongst my experiences equally a surfer, even so I practise non pigeonhole myself equally a "surf artist." There are many components to my piece of job that tell my storey as well as surfing is a large business office of who I am as well as where I experience my "true self." It is my soul as well as I am rattling inspired past times my human relationship amongst the sea. The fact that I am a surfer is corking because I am naturally nestled into the culture, even so my piece of job tells stories, it is semi-autobiographical as well as portrays many aspects of my life, people as well as experiences.
A woodcut impress past times Julie Goldstein. Photo courtesy of Julie Goldstein. 

How did y'all experience when y'all initiative of all surfed inwards Seea?

Wearing my Seea adjust is empowering. It's a fashion statement. They are sexy without beingness revealing. I acquire so many complements on my Seea suits, I direct maintain several as well as wishing more!!

What’s side past times side for y'all Julie?

I direct maintain a few collaboration projects happening correct now. I merely launched a moisture adjust business amongst Axxe. I am also working equally an creative someone inwards resident at Carmel Mountain Preschool. I am creating an fine art programme as well as studio for 250 children nether the historic stream of five. Working amongst children has been rewarding as well as inspiring!! This summertime I launch a collaboration amongst the writer Corinne Ruff, I am illustrating her mass titled "The Sea" as well as volition exhibit the exhibit at The Ann Coen Gallery, equally good equally exhibiting at Bing as well as creating a ane of variety surfboard that volition go upward for auction. Lastly, SEEA as well as I direct maintain something upward our sleeves!! That collaboration volition launch soon, I am rattling excited to piece of job amongst the genius Amanda Chinchelli!!

Happy Mother's Day, Julie! Thanks so much for speaking amongst us as well as nosotros can't hold off to exhibit everyone the novel pocketbook collaboration we've been working on together. 

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