Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor: Newtknees Designs!
Amy felts adorable Waldorf-inspired treasures. In her words:
My name is Amy and I live in mid-coast Maine with my ever-loving husband, four children -- ages 6, 4, and year old twins (!), and my cat Finny BooBoo. We live in a rural town that’s close enough to the ocean to enjoy, but far enough away that we don’t get stuck in summer traffic. I love to grow things, (namely vegetables but we are going to brave some chickens this year!) in the summer and craft and cook all winter long.
Tell us about your journey to becoming an artist/maker of things.
After college, where I studied marine biology and not art, I ran off to sea. I worked and sailed on research and education boats from the Great Lakes to South America. Like all good things, my time at sea ended and I landed back home in Maine. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands…cooking, mechanics, painting, boats, and I’ve always had an artistic bent.
It wasn’t until I stopped working for “the man” and I became an at-home mom that I got super crafty. I realized that my working life had kept my hands and mind busy enough and that with my new life as a mother, I was now craving that creative outlet. Also, like so many other new mothers before me, I wanted handmade natural toys and items for my new baby. I took a few classes in sculpture and graphic art, I got better acquainted with my sewing machine and then discovered needle felting.
I was introduced to needle felting and wet felting wool a few years ago while working at a fund raiser for our Waldorf kindergarten. I was amazed at how you could take little fluffs of wool and poke them with a needle and sculpt anything you could imagine. Suddenly, wool wasn’t just for knitting sweaters anymore.
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from colors, textures, images all around me, wonderfully cliché things like nature and my sweet sweet children, the way the sun shines on their hair, the way they like to discover little surprises (like fluffy chicks hidden in wool eggs!), our love of fairies and their tiny world, furry bunnies, the list is kind of endless…
What do you like most about the Waldorf philosophy?
I love the gentle and nurturing qualities of the Waldorf philosophy. It doesn’t push kids to become little adults, it lets them be kids. They are encouraged to be knights and fairies, to jump in puddles and run through the woods before learning how to spell cat or what 2 + 2 equals. I like the use of natural materials for play and learning, like play silks and wood blocks and I really love the wet on wet watercolor painting! My son comes home with absolutely gorgeous paintings that he is doing in his kindergarten now. I’m sure to run out of wall space soon.
Tell us about your favorite item in your shop and share your process for designing/making it.
My favorite item in my shop right now is a tough call. I love the play silks for the amount of endless enjoyment and creativity they inspire in my children. I love the eggs with chicks and bunnies because they are so dang cute! I love the walnut babies because they make me think of my own new baby twins. I have new items I’m working on too… oh to have more hours in a day!
Amy is generously offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader a baby blue egg with an 11x11 pink play silk!
Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing to win. Comments will be closed in the evening of March 17 and a winner will be announced in this post shortly thereafter.
"Oh my daughter would love this :)"
Thank you Newtknees Designs!