Next up: Amy Hutchinson of A Full Cup Design
How long have you been an artist, and how long have you been active as a business artist?
My mom taught me to sew when I was young. I made pillows and sleeping bags for all my stuffed animals – I think I had about 30! I have been sewing ever since. Last year, my mother-in-law got me interested in making Nuno felt scarves, and I was hooked. I like to mix up my projects and try new things. About 10 or so years ago (pre-kids) I would make curtains, Roman shades, and pillows for friends. I took a big break, and last summer, I started to make purses and scarves for friends. I opened my Etsy shop this winter.
Are you an artist full time?
No. I have two young children and also work part-time as an editor.
Who or what inspires you to create?
Nature, travel, my family, or the person for whom I am sewing. My kids help me come up with fun names for the scarves I make.
Describe your work space.
I work at a big table in our dining room. It is a very sunny room and is nice to work in. I have to store my supplies wherever I can find space.
What kinds of things do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend time playing with my kids. We especially like to go to the science museum. My husband and I like to go out to dinner or cook a nice dinner at home. My favorite bit of “me” time is to read and have a full cup of tea.
What is your favorite handmade item made by you or given to you?
My mom made my husband and me a beautiful quilt for our wedding.
What does being an Amy mean to you?
I have always thought that being an Amy, since it means “beloved”, was to live up to being the kind of person who is loved. I try to be the best wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend and person I can be!http://www.facebook.com/pages/AFullCup-Design/156376321077451