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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Amy Draws

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Amy Draws

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I draw. I draw mostly birds… in precarious situations. These birds tell stories about life, relationships, and struggle. My favorite part about this series is how relatable it is to such a diverse amount of people. Being able to share my stories and make a connection with another is by far the most rewarding part of my work.
The embroidered silkscreen prints are problably the most popular (and my favorite). The red thread, the high contrast black ink on the neutral fabrics create a simple yet complex piece of art.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:

Instagram has been the most enjoyable space for me as an artist. It gives me an opportunity to share snapshots of my workspace, work in progress, and a bit of my personality. Feedback is quick and there’s a growing support network with fellow artists I would otherwise not have met. Sales seem to be more organic there… folks whom have connected with my embroidered screen prints discover my drawings on wood and vice versa. I think it gives them an opportunity to get to know me and folks like to buy art from folks they can relate to.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
A good nights rest and music is a must. A lot of the titles of my work are song lyrics.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Maybe not weirdest, but mostly irrelevant…. A Dunkin Donuts franchisee.

 

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

 

Ummmm… can I pick them all? I’ll try to narrow it down to three…
Pamut Apparel, Twiggyroad designs, and Leif Erik Johansen. I’m hoping to add a Kimono and a necklace or two to my wardrobe. In addition to Erik’s work being incredible, he’s a great person. I met him for the first time a few years back when I was just getting started with markets. He was so friendly and shared some great advice with an emerging artist. His work has a dark whimsy to it that I’m drawn to and his execution and detail are flawless.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
It’s hard work, but taking chances is a must. Its scary and confusing, and you will fail from time to time, but it will make you a better artist in the end. As for the business side, keep good records and keep up with them weekly or monthly. It will give you a better idea of where you’re making money vs. losing money. Be objective when making decisions that affect your bottom line.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
There’s always been some conflict or struggle for balance in my work, but after losing my father unexpectedly, my work got pretty dark. It was a really hard time for me personally and it manifested itself in my drawing. The conversations that have occurred surrounding those pieces have been some of the most cathartic and heartfelt interactions I’ve had. Although grief is experienced on such a solitary level, there is a comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

Follow Amy Draws:

Website- amydraws.com
Instagram- instagram.com/amydraws_art
Facebook- facebook.com/AmyDrawsArt
Twitter- twitter.com/amydraws

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 11th!

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