Introducing designer, Amanda Lincoln…
Could you tell us a little bit about your background?
I’ve always been crafty from an early age, encouraged by my mum.
I worked in the family business for a couple of years when I left school, as a receptionist and book-keeper. But it just wasn’t me…I hate figures.
So, I decided to go to Art College. I did well and was encouraged by my tutors to go to university. And I ended up getting a degree in 3D Graphic Design.
I then went on to work with licensed product for many years, designing for manufacturers using style guides for licenses such as Disney, Mattel, Warner Bros, etc.
After that, I set up my own wedding stationery company producing hand-made stationery for individuals.
I loved doing this and was successful in that I had my work regularly shown in national magazines.
However, there weren’t enough hours in the day to produce enough quality product to make good money. So I ended up going back to full-time work.
I’ve been made redundant three times in my life and the last time was just as the recession hit.
I realised that the only way to stop this happening to me again was to be in charge of my own destiny and become self-employed again. So that is what I did.
Could you take us through the process of creating your mixed media artwork?
For years, I’ve had many ideas floating around in my head. I just have a vague idea of what I’m going to do and so I have to be brave each time & put brush to canvas. It comes to life before my eyes.
Sometimes I’m not happy with what I’ve created. But that is the joy of mixed media…I can just paint over the part that doesn’t work.
I’ve always loved vintage, girly, sparkly things and so this is what my work is based on.
Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t always go to plan. I have a canvas here that I keep coming back to which I still haven’t got ‘right’. I’m not yet happy with it.
I also take some time to just look at the work in progress. I may move it around the house so that I can see it in different lights and angles.
So the piece evolves over a number of days…probably not the most productive way to work but I need to be happy with it.
What are your plans for 2013?
I would love to build my portfolio and eventually license my work to manufacturers on products such as cards, home decor and jigsaws.
This, of course, is a challenge as there are so many other artists out there wanting the same thing.
I’d also like to do one of Beth Nicholls courses.
What is your favourite flower?
Oh! That is a difficult one! I love very light pink roses…almost white with a hint of yellow and pink.
I also love snowdrops because they’re around on my birthday. And I like the smell of freesias and the delicate look of gypsophila too.
Many thanks to Amanda for all her help in compiling today’s blog post.
(Images : Amanda Lincoln)