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Meet Julie McCall of Artistic Solutions Ink in Fort Worth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie McCall.

Julie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Our company started as a way to share the creative ideas of myself and my husband Vince. We both worked in the corporate realm, and needed a way to express ourselves outside of that. The range of work I have created over the years has included cards, wedding invitations, graphic design, and logo creation. About 9 years ago, I decided to make some soy candles because of all the soot I discovered on my windows! I found a terrific recipe for lotion candles, and the idea was received well because it was a unique item most people had not seen. Once people get a chance to try it out and see the results, they get excited! I sold candles at various handmade markets throughout the DFW area. That went well…. until I broke my foot. I was out of commission for a year. During that time, I began to sell on commission and wholesale and that is what I continue to do today.

Meanwhile….Vince is a photographer. He started with film, and in the late 1990’s he became hooked on underwater travel photography. He made the leap to digital, and has also retired from his corporate job which allows us to travel quite a bit. We have traveled to many international destinations and are currently on a 5 month tour of the US. Our first goal is to drive the Alaska Highway….we are about to start at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek. Vince’s work can be found on our Fine Art America website, and he sells images for home decor and office decor.

My goal is to begin a series of “artistic interpretations” of the photos and places we see.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We have both been able to devote the time we wanted to our endeavors. Now that retirement lets us travel more, the emphasis will be more on the photography side.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Artistic Solutions Ink – what should we know?
I make soy candles infused with Olive Oil which contains antioxidants including Vitamins A & E. This allows it to work as a moisturizer and protector of skin, with anti-aging benefits, because it helps restore skin elasticity. It’s soothing for dry skin and perfect for foot massages!

Vince has a unique eye as an artistic photographer. He is able to capture the essence of a scene without distraction, bringing textures and patterns to life. He dares the viewer to ask “What is that?”

Over the course of 40 years, Vince’s work has taken on many different facets, including underwater creatures. Other subjects include landscapes, architecture, and world travel to places such as Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Egypt, Australia, Central America, Southeast Asia, Japan, Canada and here at home in the United States.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Both our family members have been a huge support. My mom is my best salesperson! I could always count on her help at handmade shows. I have received a lot of support from my business partner Danette Wicker who always shares new ideas, tells me about new venues and took me to the Dallas Market for a very eye opening experience! I have collaborated with Laura Canfield and Keith Thomson (both local potters) and have created new candles and home fragrance options utilizing their handmade pottery.

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Image Credit:
Julie and Vince McCall

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