Amanda grew up in Abergele, North Wales, before moving to Liverpool, where she studied BA Media, followed by Postgraduate Creative Practice at Liverpool Hope University. After 20 years in Liverpool, she and her partner moved to a small village outside Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
Amanda, the crochet artist behind
Cabinet of Curious Crafts
I work predominantly in fibre arts, using yarn as my primary material. I chose crochet as my method of self-expression as I enjoy the flexibility and potential of a ball of yarn and a single metal hook. Additionally, in the last couple of years I have moved away from using single use acrylic and other synthetic yarns to more sustainable and eco-friendly yarns that are also vegan, such as organic cotton and bamboo, to reflect my personal beliefs as well as to bring a higher quality to my work.
My pieces all have a contemporary feel, and I enjoy stitching life and fun into every piece I design.
My crochet work is abstract and exaggerated, with surreal elements such as anthropomorphic fruits. I focus on interpretation not realism, on colour, shape and texture, evoking a feeling and creating a uniqueness.
Midtown Makers Studio & Shop is a Ballymena Business Centre Project. Ballymena Business Centre is a NI Registered Charity 101472