Side Hustle with Julie Finn
When Julie isn’t creating beautiful decks and designs for new business pitches, she is most likely working on creative projects for Fem Foundry, a Brooklyn-based collective of young female creators who believe in women empowerment and collaboration. Julie co-founded Fem Foundry three years ago with a group of 15 friends, allPratt Institute alumni. Fem Foundry started as an outlet to help motivate each other to create with the goal to:“make cool things and inspire others to join.”
There are now five core members of Fem Foundry, all with their own business and creative expertise. In addition, the team is constantly collaborating with like-minded artists and charity organizations. Julie wears multiple hats in her role at Fem Foundry – she is photographer/social media manager/proposal writer/outreach lead. On the creative side, she’s an illustrator working in mediums of collage, paint and most recently, a scanner, which she uses to create the #HomeAloneSeriesJF, which focuses on food waste.
“One of my favorite parts about being in Fem Foundry is having a space to challenge myself and experiment with my art – all while having the support and constructive critique from my friends. We help each other grow, and push each other to keep creating,” said Julie.
Fem Foundry also hosts events to help raise money for women-focused charities and host workshops for young women by using their profits gained in tabling at NYC markets and fairs. They pick charities and events that feel important and impactful. Most recently, they put together an artist benefit show for Planned Parenthood— an event that featured 25 local artists and raised over $1,500.
Julie continued: “The “Make Your Mark with Fem Foundry” and “Friends Benefit Show” was everything the ladies and I ever talked about for a year, honestly. The idea was slow growing, and planning took into so many forms and turned direction but the outcome was better than we ever imagined! So many of our friends and most surprisingly, total strangers who happen to be walking by, came in and showed their support for Planned Parenthood. It was a really fun party that benefited a really wonderful, and important origination that supports both women and men’s sexual and reproductive health.”
Their next big event will benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation on May 19th, from 6-11pm at the New Women’s Space in Greenpoint. There will be free admission with the opportunity to purchase a ticket for unlimited drinks, merchandise such as the funky Fem Foundry hats, T-shirts and patches, and a tattoo artist will be giving tattoos from a master flash. Over 75 artists will be featured in the show, each working from the prompt of a 5”x5” cardboard box. All proceeds will be donated to the Joyful Heart Foundation to support their mission of “transforming society's response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors' healing.” Please stop by and check it out.