I've noticed lots of new followers & I wanted to welcome you & introduce myself! My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Fei-Fan is my middle name -- pronounced fey fan -- it's Chinese & means unique.
I live & work in the Greater Boston area. I actually grew up in this area, but moved away for college (Rhode Island) and then to New York City, where I lived for 16 years. I wasn't sure if I'd like coming home to Boston, but after a year back here, I can tell you that I love it! .
I make all kinds of stuff -- paintings, mixed media collage, embroidery, quilts, hand carved stamps (Check out my book #carvestampplay), drawings & doodles, pocket scrapbooks/Project Life, art journals, hand bound books, cards & paper crafts, jewelry -- bead weaving, stringing, and metalwork, & more! Sometimes I think that I ought to focus in on one thing or another & have a specialty. But I just can't seem to force myself to do that. My creativity is driven by curiosity. And curiosity is a wild & free creature that cannot be controlled! .
I blog five days a week over at www.balzerdesigns.typepad.com. January is dedicated to celebrating my ten-year blogiversary with giveaways, posts from the archives, new tutorials, & so much more! .
I make a lot of videos & post them over on my YouTube channel (my username is milkcanNYC -- I used to be the Artistic Director of The Milk Can Theatre Company in NYC). Videos are tutorials, product reviews, process overviews, & weekly vlogs -- each Wednesday I release a ten-minute vlog that gives you a peek into my week. The Julie's World Vlogs are packed with art, food, family, friends, and fun! .
My Mom #juliesmomisawesome & I host The Adventures in Arting Podcast every other week-ish (free on iTunes). We chat about all things art -- sometimes with a guest & sometimes without. .
You can find my TV show -- Make It Artsy -- on your local PBS station (it plays at 3am here in Boston) or online at the @makeitartsytv website. .
I love everything art as well as puzzles & games, sci fi, trashy historical romance novels, exploring new places, 90s hip hop, food of all kinds, learning things, & funny people. Thanks for letting me share my artful life with you! 😘