• Julie Ahmad

Meet the New Fall Interns 2019





If you could be any flower in your next life, which one would you be?

If I could be any flower I’d choose to be a California Poppy. This wildflower is scattered throughout the scenic hills of California, where I dream of living someday. Yellow is my favorite color, and California poppies take on a bright yellow or orange hue in the wild. They like to gravitate towards difficult soil that is hard for other plants to take root in, and they attract pollinators. So not only do they make use of “bad” soil, they also help keep bees alive!


Tell us about your artistic background/journey.

I have always been a creatively-driven person. My love for art and design started when I was a little girl and I’ve used them as outlets for my own creative energy. I took art classes in high school where I played with various mediums and won an award from the Dallas Museum of Art for a sculpture that my teacher encouraged me to submit. I also studied Art and Architecture in Florence for a summer, which was extremely enriching and gave me a deeper appreciation for art. I’m about to graduate with a degree in Advertising and I’m hoping to pursue a career in Graphic Design, eventually moving into Art Direction.


Why Julie Ahmad?

I knew I wanted to work in a creative space surrounded by like-minded individuals. Julie specifically stuck out because of how outspoken she is about supporting other female artists. I think it’s really cool that she’s all about empowering women in their creative endeavors, rather than taking a competitive approach. I also liked the idea of working for a small business because my contributions would make a more significant impact, and the opportunity to learn a lot is abundant.


What is your favorite Julie Ahmad art piece?

The Fun-Fetti piece Julie recently finished is my favorite. I loved it the moment I saw it. I’m all about color, and the yellow + pink + blue combo she uses really draws me to this painting. I feel like I could eat it :p


What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I love that I have a never-ending desire to learn and grow. I think the best way to grow is by throwing yourself into new (sometimes intimidating or crazy) experiences and learning from them along the way. It keeps life from becoming stagnant and makes things more interesting.


What does your success look like?

My success looks like having healthy and supportive relationships, a career that allows me to exercise my creative capabilities, and a life full of experiences.


What does female empowerment mean to you?

Female empowerment is all about allowing women the autonomy to create whatever life they desire for themselves, free from societal constraints and expectations.



If you could be any flower in your next life, which one would you be?

I have always had a love and appreciation for red roses. When I think back to my childhood, I remember my dad bringing them home for my mom (before she told him she actually wasn’t a fan of them). They can have a dark complex to them, but they also exhibit so much beauty. This juxtaposition is probably my favorite thing about them.


Tell us about your artistic background/journey.

Art is something I have always appreciated and been interested in. During high school, I was in a program called International Baccalaureate and visual art was one of my focuses. I was tasked with creating an entire art exhibition with 10-12 original pieces. Even though it was a challenge, I am fortunate enough to have had this experience because I grew an appreciation for large scale abstract paintings. I also have a love for fashion and hope to somehow incorporate it into my career. The excitement I get from clothes could be considered unhealthy, but I am excited to see where this passion will take me.


Why Julie Ahmad?

When looking for internships this summer, I stumbled across Julie’s website and fell in love with her work. While scrolling through her pieces, her passion and dedication jumped out at me immediately and I instantly knew that she was someone I wanted to work with.


What is your favorite Julie Ahmad art piece?

I love all of Julie’s paintings but my personal favorite is She Finally Came. My color palette leans towards pastels, but also includes neutrals like blacks and whites, so this painting has always spoken to me on a personal level.


What is your favorite thing about yourself?

In this day in age, it is hard to focus on something positive about ourselves when we are constantly internally critiquing so I think it is important to reflect on this question ever so often. With that being said, my favorite thing about myself is that I can communicate with anyone no matter the person or circumstance. This has helped me in many difficult situations and is a skill that I am happy I have acquired.


What does your success look like?

My success will hopefully happen in a couple of years. Employment wise, I hope I am in a spot where I feel happy and confident in what I am doing. I also hope that I am in a field that forces me to be creative whether it is in fashion or art.


What does female empowerment mean to you?

Female empowerment to me is being there for other women and being the best version of myself that I can be. There is that special unspoken bond that I feel like all women have. We go through similar struggles and there is that common understanding that we have each other's backs, whether we know each other or not.



If you could be any flower in your next life, which one would you be?

I would be a Cantuta flower! It’s the national flower of Peru, native to the Andes in Peru, and the sacred flower of the Incas. I love and take pride in being Peruvian and would hope to still have that in me. I like their bright color and funky shape.



Tell us about your artistic background/journey.

I’m not too professionally experienced in art, but have grown to really value the importance of having creative outlets! I remember once receiving first place for a drawing of a horse I did in elementary school and that’s about all the artistic recognition I’ve received. I took a few art classes in high school and occasionally draw or doodle in my free time.


Why Julie Ahmad?

There were 2 things I read in Julie’s biography that really moved me when reading it. The first was the way she spoke about her pregnancy guiding her to art. She said her body being in a state of creation was signaling her hands to do the same. The second was her description of abstract art as being loose and incapable of mistakes. These two messages helped me understand the depth of her inspiration and passion, which I know will inspire and spark passion in my own work.


What is your favorite Julie Ahmad art piece?

My favorite piece by Julie is Eve. I’m a huge fan of women as the main subject of drawings or paintings, and that specific piece caught my eye immediately the first time I scrolled through Julie’s Instagram.


What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Probably my humor.


What does your success look like?

It’s hard to imagine a specific career path right now, but I think as long as I’m happy, traveling, and constantly learning, I will consider my life a success.


What does female empowerment mean to you?

Female empowerment to me means women feeling confident in their skin and powerful in their choices.



If you could be any flower in your next life, which one would you be?

Lavender, mainly because I’m obsessed with all things colored and scented lavender. It’s always been a dream of mine to go stand in the lavender fields in France so if I came back in the next life as a flower in France, I'd be so overjoyed.


Tell us about your artistic background/journey.

As a child I was always drawn to art, whether it was drawing, painting, sculpture, or embroidery. Art/fine art has always been a part of my life. It even starts to cross into a culinary art world when it comes to plating and design of the dining area. Art has always been my constant in life and I hope as I get older I can integrate it even further.


Why Julie Ahmad?

Julie’s style is very different from my own and I like that because it allows me to look into someone else’s creative mind and see a different perspective. As someone who has always wanted to be an established artist, I admire Julie because she is a female who has made a name for herself in this space. She is inspiring and I hope that one day I can achieve the same.


What is your favorite Julie Ahmad art piece?

My favorite artwork of Julie’s is actually one of her alcohol ink pieces named Another Dimension. I really love the use of colors and the way it flows. I feel like it can fit into many styles, and her colors are just super fun!


What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My favorite thing about myself is how adaptable I can be. Having moved around quite a bit and having all sorts of odd jobs has made me ready to take on most things. I’m excited about that aspect because if life has been this interesting this early, the future is going to hold some exciting things for me.


What does your success look like?

Success to me looks like being happy most days, ideally everyday, but I'll take most. In the end no matter where my path takes me, as long as I know I gave everything my all and I have people around who love me, that's success.


What does female empowerment mean to you?

To me personally, female empowerment is about lifting up yourself and your peers to rise and create something powerful. Whether it’s building an organization, a group of friends, or something really simple like helping just one person, it’s the act of building your girls up to create a brighter future for the rest of us. The only way we all win is by helping each other succeed. Kindness in empowering.


XOXO,



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