Julie Long Gallegos started her business in 2006, with beadwork. Her design skills grew quickly and commissions started arriving. A lifelong San Francisco Bay Area resident, and fourth generation Californian, she’s inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement, California Decorative Style, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century Design, the Wiener Werkstaette, the swinging ‘60s, African art and Native American beadwork, as well as the inspiration provided by Nature herself.
Julie learned fiber arts from her gifted mother, sister and grandmothers; her father and grandfather were talented sketch artists. A fine jeweler and treasured friend mentored her in the basic principles of metalworking, to further realize her designs.
All manner of precious metals, precious and semi-precious gemstones and gemstone beads, butterfly wings, antique and couture seed beads, and fabric have been used in her designs. Now, she designs new heirlooms for modern people who respond to the beauty of all eras.
Since 2011 Julie has been a regular exhibitor at the American Craft Council’s San Francisco and Baltimore Shows; her work featured in two Lark Publications books (Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry and 1000 Beads) and in gallery shows and private collections throughout the US.