I'm Julia, the founder, designer, publisher, and chief seamstress behind HGBG.
I was once a professor of French literature--a very serious academic, learned author of tomes read by the few. A reviewer called one of my books "un chef d’œuvre" and compared it to "un ouvrage de femme" like lace. Little did he know that I was always a textile, tactile artist at heart, ever since I started sewing at age 15. Now living in Seattle near my family, with frequent visits to my beloved pays d'adoption, France, my artistic spirit has been rejuvenated and I've created this business to share the good feelings.
Rest easy, with Honey Girl by your side.
Beginning in April 2020, and for the first five months of the COVID-19 emergency, I made cotton face masks non-stop. I sold them to friends and neighbors for $5 each, and gave away hundreds: to the homeless via the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), to medical personnel and the unemployed, and to the elderly via SHAG and the Northwest Asian Weekly. (See the nice little mention in the Northwest Asian Weekly of 9/30/20!) At the end of that face mask mania, 718 masks were created, of which 343 were donated to people in need.
P.S. Follow our creations as they happen, on the "Daily Joy with Honey Girl" blog! (You will not find us on Facebook.)
P.S.S. Novembre 2019 : Nous sommes ravies d’annoncer que Florence Barbini (Paris) servira désormais de Directrice de vente pour Honey Girl Books and Gifts Europe.
Julia, the founder of HGBG My dog Honey Girl Sandra, a fellow writer