You know how they say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life? Julia Bergen’s all over that. The Chicago-based designer behind Do Re Mi Jewels focused on printmaking while getting her BFA at UC Santa Cruz, but she soon realized how much she loved textiles, embroidery, and, most of all, cross-stitch. Her first kitschy, Subversive-esque designs got a crazy-good response from the Oakland street-fair crowds, motivating Julia to start taking the method more seriously once she moved to the Midwest. Looking to continue down the cross-stitch path in a way that was more artistically fulfilling, Julia, who crams every nook and cranny of her life with some sort of creative outlet—including spending every weekend studying improvisational music at The Second City’s Conservatory like it ain’t no thing—set her sights on the jewelry. She creates teeny-tiny embroidered patterns that she hangs on necklaces in mini frames as delicate, super-feminine pendants. ”I felt like it was a new direction for me and something that I wasn’t seeing out there,” she explains. “I’m just so excited about what I’m doing because it incorporates my love of design and my love of color—and my love of the art of cross-stitching. I just feel like it’s all coming together.” Might we add that we completely agree? —carlye wisel
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