The Heroine’s Journey of Julie Facer

What is the best thing I like about my work?

The creative connection that absorbs me whilst standing in a beautiful fabric boutique, seeing fabrics turn into designs, concepts, beauty all in my mind. Making garments that help people feel special if they can’t find anything to fit them exquisitely!

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

To live in a world with no wars, conflict or suffering would be ideal!

What is my greatest fear?

To become old and ill.

What is the trait I deplore most in myself?

Having a natural default to be a people pleaser, though with a lot of work this trait has become more balanced.

Which living persons in my work professions do I admire most?

I think it’s got to be Vivienne Westwood, she is relentlessly passionate about her work, a real artist that uses her influences to try and make our environment a better place, save our planet!

What is my greatest extravagance?

My greatest extravagance is eating organic food, and astral projection.

On what occasion would I lie?

I would lie to protect someone else from harm (only if I had to) Personally there is a liberation with being honest and true to myself. Its hard to have a genuine connection with a liar, my least favourite characteristic in a person. Everything can only be superficial with a liar!

What is the thing I dislike most in my work?

Deadlines, they can take the fun out of the process and suddenly turn what was a passionate job into a night mare.

When and where was I the happiest in my work?

In my early twenties when I had more freedom and time, after graduating from London College of Fashion and being supported by the Princess trust to set up my own design label. It was a exciting time and I met and worked with lots of talented inspiring people.

If I could what would I change about myself?

I’m always trying to improve myself be my best version, which is perpetual. If I could time travel back a few decades with the maturity I have now that would be interesting!

What is my greatest achievement in work?

I think some projects may seem more credulous than others to mention but I think I’m only ever as good as my last piece of work so it’s hard for me to define my greatest achievement. My current commission is a client who wants to be a decayed bride based on Mrs Haversham from Great expectations. I mention this current project as it gives me such creative license , though I genuinely value each job.

Where would I most like to live?

I love New York and without wanting to be political the UK is killing of our creative industries, film, fashion, etc, even in the educational curriculum this is apparent, so many artists are not valued enough. It’s short sighted!

What is my most treasured possession?

My children though they are more gifts than possessions.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Being funny though not actually trying, usually using the wrong meaning of words.

What is my most inspirational location in my city?

The serpentine Gallery

What is my most favourite place to eat in my city?

Brick lane for a curry.

What books influenced my life and how?

A course in miracles, a mind-blowing ego shrinker. Totally transformed my perspective and way of life, challenging and a road to peace.

You only die once . What music would I listen to on my last day?

Pink Floyd – shine on you crazy diamond

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I think it’s got to be Superman, flying around saving people in Kryptonian fabric (spandex)

Who are my real heroes and heroines in everyday life?

The everyday working man/Mum/Dad/child’s who struggles day after day against the odds

Which movie would i recommend to watch once in a lifetime

The Wizard of Oz

What role art plays in my work and my life?

Gives life meaning, it’s a language that expresses class, time and space beyond words. It’s a place!

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My best friend Martine is my partner in crime, Colin De’ath is my sponsor /mentor who always supports me if I need guidance!

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

I’m happy with my plans for 2019 , The Helen Bamber foundation, I’d like to help with this charity and use my skills to help support survivors of human cruelty.

Which people in my profession would I like to meet in 2019?

Ralph Rucci/ Vivienne Westwood

What project am I looking forward to working on in 2019?

I am looking forward to designing a collection for a shop in Tunbridge Wells, on the pantiles called the silver sheep.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

My collection of designs will be exhibited in the window at Christmas, sparkly and festive!

What do the words “passion never retires” mean to me?

Passion is a life force we are the narrators of own life stories.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

My best friend Martine

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