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Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Brown.

Amanda, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always been a creative person. It was something I was drawn to as a child and it continued as I became an adult. When I became a Mom, I really wanted to find a way to make money that allowed me to have a flexible schedule and be more present in my daughter’s life. At the time, my full-time job in advertising and having my daughter in daycare didn’t give me that balance. That’s when I decided to start Driftwood Studio in 2015. I started my business with a folding table, hand sander, brad nailer and miter saw.

Since then I have added two more saws, a belt sander, two work benches and opened an Etsy shop. With the exception of some safety instructions from my Dad, I am completely self-taught and I personally produce every aspect of my product – from the designs to cut the wood. In December of 2016, I was able to quit my corporate job with amazing support from my husband and focus on Driftwood Studio and my family full-time. It was really a dream come true. I’ve learned so much since I started this adventure and I love being able to use my creativity to make something that can be a permanent item in someone’s home.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make home decor out of wood with what I call a Coastal Farmhouse to feel. I think I am most known for my California designs. Being born and raised in Southern California I couldn’t help but incorporate that into my designs. I am most proud of the fact that I started this business while still working full-time and raising a family and doing everything myself. I cut the wood, stain, assemble and paint all my designs by hand – I don’t use any stencils. That was something that was important to me – to really keep everything handmade and unique.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think the conditions for artists today are great! There are so many platforms where artists can sell their designs and social media is a great tool for marketing and connecting with your audience. With that said, there are also a ton of other artists offering the same or similar products. I really try to be unique so I stand out from the other talented people but it can be difficult. I currently offer a magnetic sign so designs can be switched out for holidays or special occasions. In addition to all the other small businesses out there, a lot of big box stores sale similar items to those I make at a fraction of the cost. That can be discouraging. I love to see that a lot of people to support small businesses these days and I hope that continues!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I currently have an Etsy shop which is where I get most of my orders. I have designs there that customers can choose from and I also accept customs orders. I also do a few craft shows during the holidays. I definitely utilize Instagram to share my new designs, what craft shows I am participating in and any sales that I have going on in my Etsy shop!

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Image Credit:
Melissa Stewardson Photography

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