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Artist of the Week: Amanda McLaurin

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at gmwynkoop@sbgtv.com. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

You can take a class from Amanda McLaurin at The Works Seattle called Sashiko and Visible Mending on August 21!

Seattle Refined:How long have you been creating?
I took my first sewing class at age seven and ever since then I've been exploring different fiber techniques- sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, poms & tassels.

Do you work with other mediums?
There are so many different fiber arts, I haven't had the need to move into something else.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I keep lots of lists of inspiration - photos in Pinterest, sketches in my notebook and a crafting a to do list in Todoist. I also love sourcing quirky materials from junk stores, salvage yards or even the beach. When it's time to work, I like to turn off my phone, put on some music and focus on just stitching or knotting for as long as possible.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
I love color! I enjoy creating quirky color stories and photographing colors in nature. I'm also passionate about sustainability so finding ways to work with recycled items can be quite inspirational. I made a crochet series a couple years ago incorporating vintage photos I found at a flea market.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
Nature.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
Any piece my mom made. She was a cross-stitcher, then moved into quilting. I have two of her quilts on my bed right now.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
In 2015 my husband and I moved to Indonesia which was a life changing experience. While living there I focused on learning about Indonesian weaving, batik and traditional arts. Right now I'm planning a creative retreat to Indonesia where we'll tour weaving and batik studios, ancient temples and the craziest flea market I've ever found. Sign up for my newsletter if you're interested in coming!

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
AmandaMcLaurin.com and on Instagram @amanda_mclaurin_.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I teach sashiko and visible mending at The Works, as well as macrame. I also have a pop up retail and event space opening this summer in Mount Vernon, WA. Come up on Saturdays to check out the MV Farmer's Market and drop in craft time at my studio.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
Just black; hot in the winter, iced in the summer.

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