Quinn Therealone, Switzerland
Julia* was bored. It was becoming an issue. Like everyone we are stuck at home. She misses her friends from school and doesn’t understand why the playground is closed. She wants to watch TV all day but this is not an option, Julia’s mom is strict. She is bored but doesn’t want to do anything. We tried comic books but she is not interested. We tried to teach her to bake but she is not interested. We even did some Yoga classes together but she is really not into it...
My girlfriend (Julia’s mom) gave me the task to find something to keep Julia busy.
I only know graphic design. So I taught her, I taught her everything I know (it’s not much). We started by sketching a few ideas on paper. I just wanted her to draw but after a couple of days, we had a banana cat design that everybody loved. We really loved Snowflake* (the banana cat). Julia was so into her new project we wanted to continue. I taught her how to use a computer to digitalize her design and she loved it. She loved it so much she wanted to show it to her friends once school will open again. So we decided to put the design on a T-shirt that she could wear on her first day back to school. I taught her everything about printing. We are now all really invested in our little project. We built a website together and even did a photoshoot.
Julia loves photography and is very talented for it.
She shot our first “promo shot” a couple of weeks ago. She told us where/how to stand and even framed the shot like she wanted. We told her she couldn’t show her face so she came up with the idea to use her Ecuadorian mask (Julia’s mom is from Ecuador). She even learn how to adjust and color correct the image on the computer.
Now Julia* is a 9 year old with her own fashion line. She loves her project and we are so proud of her. Me and Julia’s mom have a lot of time on our hand lately, so we can help. We are working on new designs and ideas.
It’s been 4 weeks now and she is great at it. Much better than I ever was. She is now teaching me. I’m learning about what is a good design. It’s not just a couple of T-shirt and a hoodie. It’s Julia’s project, it’s our quarantine project. She wants people to know about what she did during this important time in our lives. She is proud of her work and more importantly, she is not bored anymore.