Meet Judy Lee of Judiee

tell us about your products. where they are made. who makes them. favorite product features.

i authored and illustrated a children's book brought to life through Kickstarter. the printing was done in the United States. the book aims to share art with a younger audience and is divided into three parts: story, art history, and activities.

tell us about your connection to Chicago.

i was originally born in Chicago.

what do you love about your business, your industry.

creativity is really important to young children because it enables them to be resilient, flexible, capable thinkers. i think creativity in the hands of children is really powerful.

tell us about your design inspiration - space, smells, colors, textures.

childhood, bright colors, simple shapes, big smiles

what advice do you have for other creative entrepreneurs?

strive to solve a problem that you really care about

share a favorite quote, a mantra.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C.S. Lewis.

surprise us with your secret talent, fact, etc.

i was the easter bunny at the mall for a season. the suit was literally from 1975 and i'm also an incredibly short person / the suit was built for a taller person. the horror.

what's the most common question you get about your business?

how did you do it? (answer: by staying after at the school for 1-3 hours a day working on the book and kickstarter)

tell us about your process for making + creating.

my background is in design, so i'm really passionate about creating for others / the world rather than just creating out of a personal impulse. i feel like that is more about serving others rather than serving myself.

name 3 local makers/brands that inspire you and why.

i'm completely obsessed with some of the local bookshops in town including quimby's and volumes bookcafe. they were also lovely to sell my book! also eve from paperdolltime [ALSO AT COVET IN DECEMBER!] is a maker i met while showing. she's also a schoolteacher and a great illustrator.

what is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped you and your business?

it's very easy to follow a trend or mimic someone else's success, but no one wants a bootleg. take the time to make something you really care about and something that is truly you and that's the best investment of time and energy that you can spend.

is there something else you would like to share (more about your business, a recent accolade, a new item you will debut at covet, special discount for covet shoppers, etc.)

this book project exists to be a resource to classrooms and teachers, so if you are a teacher or a librarian i would love to connect with you + share discounts to educators! so please come talk to me. :)

connect with Judy

www.judiee.com

https://www.instagram.com/judieebooks/

kendra chaplin