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PO Box 313
Turners, MO 65765

Julie Lake

When people ask me what I do, my response is often predicated by the context.... who is asking and the environment in which the question is posed. I am a welder, machinist, designer, bartender, metalsmith, jeweler, and occasionally I have the courage to reply that I am an artist, but my default is simply to say, I make things. For me, working is to find the connections, the underlying system that resolves the problem, and disciplines are never mutually exclusive. Mixing drinks made me a better welder. Repairing jewelry helped me understand interpersonal dynamics. Building structures that have to hold human weight instigated a curiosity about planets and space. Assembly line, ultra-specialized thinking serves a purpose, but how it is ingrained into the American psyche is detrimental to advancement. I am an interdisciplinary cheerleader, and I strive to inhabit, as a maker, all the gray and niche-less. Maybe one day my welder will wed my sewing machine, and together, they will bake perfect apple pies, write songs and keep up on advancements in neuroscience.