Mary Ellen Merrigan is pictured with Artist Julianna C. Avelar, inventor of the Jewel Loom

Artist Julianna C. Avelar on Creativity as a Core Value

Jewel Loom Inventor Shares Love of Weaving

Artist Julianna C. Avelar GIA AJP describes her life as a creative ferris wheel, constantly rotating with inspiring ideas to help people live their most happy, loving and abundant life. Like many artists, she claims creativity as a core value and places it at the center of everything she does. As an inventor and author, she walks her creativity talk.

I met Juliana in Tucson where I used her invention, the Jewel Loom by Beadalon to make earrings. (NOTE: How do you choose the book or tool to help with your craft? This simple question started me on a quest to talk with bead-related artists, inventors and authors. I elected to start with work I admired, and those from whom I took classes.)

Artist Julianna C. Avelar wrote the book Jewel Loom Inspirations.
©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Julianna C. Avelar’s Book

Since our time together, I’ve woven additional pieces for myself, thanks to inspirations and easy-to-follow instructions from Julianna’s book and materials from her Etsy shop.

Julianna easily shares her story, including how she has gained confidence and a true voice that continues to evolve with her art. She calls herself an intuitive story-telling artist. Certainly as one of her class participants, I heard stories and enjoyed the banter that coaxed stories out of others. We had a great time together.

Mary Ellen Merrigan is pictured with Artist Julianna C. Avelar, inventor of the Jewel Loom
©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Artist Julianna C. Avelar

She discussed the fact that “art” is a world-wide bond. No matter where you go people are creating something, she said. Whether it be jewelry, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, cooking, etc., women are making things for themselves, their families, friends and for sale.
One of Julianna’s tales included a surprise discovery made during a scrapbooking event in Japan.

“Everyone was so sure that the Japanese culture would embrace the idea of putting your photos in a book and making scrapbooks. NOT!!!!! LOL! They take more photos than any other population but they are more private about sharing and bragging about them than we are here in the US.”

“The other thing is that they honor Creative Teachers with the utmost respect in Japan. It is actually a highly regarded position to be a craft, jewelry, etc. teacher. Here in the US we do not always have that same value for the ones that teach, especially a hand craft.”

Artist Julianna C. Avelar on fellow artist impact:

“I’m always inspired by my fellow artists and their beautiful creations. What truly excites me is to see them living their truth and doing what they love. Their success is my success is your success, is hers and his success. The impact of my fellow artists is huge for me. It keeps me inspired and alive with creativity! I love seeing them doing their thing, getting their art out there and running successful businesses.”

What impact do you want to have with your art, I asked?

“I want people to be happy, to know that they can live a happy, loving abundant life. If the pieces I make bring a smile to someone’s face or they touch their soul with joy then it’s all good. The biggest gift I am experiencing right now is with my Jewel Loom. To wake up and see a post from someone that has created a piece using my invention is beyond gratifying. I am so grateful I get to share my love of weaving with people all over the world! It truly is a blessing. I am Grateful!

Mary Ellen Merrigan made these two pairs of earrings during class with Artist Julianna C. Avelar in Tucson.
©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Jewel Loom earrings woven during class in Tucson

Read more about Julianna in a post from Tammay Honaman, online editor for Beading Daily.

Wherever you find Julianna you’ll feel a little burst of enthusiasm and joy. Surely it’s the creativity in the ethers. Who wouldn’t want more of that?

Is creativity one of your core values?

2 thoughts on “Artist Julianna C. Avelar on Creativity as a Core Value”

  1. Thank you for introducing me to Julianna Avelar. I am sharing this interview with creative friends in my community. I particularly liked seeing the earrings you wove and the reference to respect for creative artists in Japan.

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