Hi, my name is Amanda! I am an artist, sewist, knitter, embroiderer, blogger, and a mother of two. I live in Hamilton, ON with my husband, kids, chocolate lab and two cats. I suffer from Celiac disease and am also pre-diabetic. I love reading and making things - sometimes it’s like I can’t slow down, I am just too busy making stuff!
Q: How do you get all this stuff done with a toddler and baby around?
A: It is not at all easy. Some things that help me get projects done include working during nap times, working during play times (your baby will actually get used to seeing you knit and mostly stop pulling it all off the needles... eventually), letting housework slide sometimes (oops) and watching less tv.
Q: How do I commission you to paint something?
A: Just email me to get the ball rolling at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more about the commission process here.
Q: Who has the reproduction rights of your work?
A: I do. Even if you commissioned the piece, I hold the copyright and reproduction rights of every piece of artwork. If you want to print or use my work please email me first. I am happy to make prints for you for a fee. If you want to use my work in a wedding invitation or some other printed project, please email me first! My email is email@example.com. Sometimes I even let people use things for free! Just make sure you ask first.
Q: Do you teach private painting lessons?
A: I haven't done much of this, but I am open to it! If you live locally and want to arrange lessons please just email me and we can figure something out!
Q: Do you teach private sewing lessons?
A: Yes! Sewing lessons are arranged through the local sewing store I work and teach at, Needlework. Sewing lessons are held at the store, using all the store equipment, and can cover: fitting, full and small bust adjustments, sewing with knits, garment sewing, mending, and more!
Q: What did you go to school for?
A: I have a Bachelors of Fine Art with a focus on visual arts. My degree primarily focused on film photography which became obsolete about one year after my degree was completed. Ha! I also took university classes in painting and costume construction, and following my graduation I continued taking classes and pursuing knowledge in whichever direction took my fancy. I have been educated to some degree in web design, puppetry, millinery, pattern drafting, knitting, drawing, printmaking, and tailoring.