Illustrator & Photographer, Berlin
Juliet Furst is an illustrator and photographer from North Carolina currently based in Berlin. She shot most of her camera on a summer trip with her sister Paris who is featured mostly in the photos. Juliet is passionate about creating opportunity, love, and acceptance for those with cognitive and physical disabilities. When she isn't illustrating, designing, or teaching, she finds time to boulder.
Who are you?
I’m a Berlin-based illustrator and photographer from a town on the coast of North Carolina. I work mostly with abstracted architectural shapes and quirky patterning.
Are you the girl we see mostly in the pictures?
That’s actually my big sister Paris! We’re actually roommates here, which has been the most fun.
Where was your roll shot, because it truly looks like paradise?
The first few were taken in Connemara National Park in Ireland, and the lake shots are from Berlin. In the summers, all of us city mice flock to any available patch of grass or lakeside strip of sand. My sister and I like to take out this little inflatable raft (we call it our boat) and fill it with books and sodas and tortilla chips and salsa. It’s paradise as far as we’re concerned! The last few shots were taken by my work desk.
What are you passionate about?
If having a passion for something is wanting everyone else to feel excited about it too, then for me, two things that come to mind immediately are 1) viewing the world as shapes, lines, colors, textures, and patterns, and 2) loving, accepting, and creating opportunities for people with cognitive and physical disabilities. My little sister has Down syndrome, so this is something especially close to my heart.
Your idea of happiness?
Trusting in what you’ve been gifted with and in the purpose you’ve been given. Working hard and loving well with these in mind.
Your idea of misery?
Arriving at “success” and realizing that I was happier when I had less. For this reason I try to take everyone’s advice in enjoying this moment for what it is, rather than feeling like today is just a waiting room for what’s ahead. There of course are glorious moments ahead to look forward to, but I want to see today also as “ahead” for my former self. It is!
If not yourself, who would you be?
Probably a superstar boulderer. I’m so inspired by strong lady climbers, and I wonder sometimes what it’d be like to be a professional climber, devoting almost every single day to improving that.
Female artists paving the way for more female artists! And my amazing parents.
What is your present state of mind?
Xanadu by ELO.
Right or left handed?
What is the best dish you can cook?
I’ve cooked it so many times it may need retiring for a bit, but I love making curry lentil soup. I’ve started adding fennel and mustard seeds (thanks to my Indian friend’s expert recommendation) and it makes it 100x better.
What is your middle name?
What do you do in your free time?
Bouldering, getting food with friends, and running around with my camera.
What inspires you?
1960s and 70s design----interiors, graphic design, textiles, etc.
What do you do for money?
A smorgasbord of art-related things---photography, illustration, graphic design, art teaching, and working with kids.
What do you do for pleasure?
In North Carolina my friends and I would road trip as often as possible; we had the mountains a little over 2 hours away and were always out there. Now that I’m not really close to the mountains or to very many hiking trails, I’m spending more time in the city. Art museums and coffee shops are very peaceful spaces for me, so I try to hang out there…
Bedside table books?
Right now it’s “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
As a Heavy Sleeping Queen (not always a good thing!), I don’t know that I even have an answer in mind. that sleepy time tea maybe?
Do you collect?
Tiny souvenir trinkets, art museum postcards.
Tea or coffee?
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
That onion rings would taste like Funyun chips. 6 year old me was shocked and horrified to find a slimy object (...an onion) inside the onion rings I ordered once from Sonic.
What are your plans for this weekend?
During what’s left of the weekend---tomorrow--I have an apartment tour, church, then bouldering plans with a new climbing-artist bud. Food is really cheap here so I’ll probably be getting something out. Experiencing a bad craving for tacos.