Amy Scott of the UK Handmade Makers Directory tells us the history of Project Amy Designs.
I can remember experimenting creatively, from a very young age, always drawing, painting and trying out new techniques such as printing with different materials around the house. This is where my passion for art was nurtured.
Everything really progressed after leaving school when I enrolled at my local college in Beverley East Yorkshire to study a first diploma in design and enjoyed every minute of the course. I then continued my studies achieving a Diploma in Fine Art. I learnt so much within those three years: different techniques, colour theory and the use of colours within different media such as painting, print and design software.
A foundation year in art and design followed leading me to achieve an HND in Graphic Design at Hull College. During my HND studies I expanded my design software skills and became fascinated by different forms of packaging. This inspired me to create my own range of differently shaped gift boxes: milk carton, pillow and square.
My final years of education were a Visual Communications course graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree at Doncaster University. Due to the side effects of a childhood illness my health has been such that my mobility has been affected. As a result, it was difficult for me to find paid work after graduating. Undaunted, I volunteered with a charity for a couple of years, using my skills to help with their marketing, as well as designing and producing information posters, flyers and newsletters for them.
In my studies and volunteering I learnt about, and experimented with, many different techniques using a wide of materials. One of my favourites is mono-printing, a form of print making and painting. Different images can be made using acrylic paint and different objects can be pressed on to the surface making different patterns.
For my printing, I use a gelli plate and I love this technique because every print is unique; I use it to make my greeting cards and gift wrap designs, making my designs different. It gives me control over the thickness of colour to create great textures. When I water down the paint I have a really nice soft background, which is what I like, it works really well for the backgrounds of my cards and gift wrap.
Throughout my studies and volunteering I continued making cards and gifts for friends and family. Concentrating on creating things for others helps take my mind off my health side effects. My enjoyment in creating and the experience I’d gained led me to set up my own business, Project Amy Designs.
My work reflects a vintage theme and I use different materials on my cards and a vintage style colour palette through my work making my designs memorable. I am drawn to the vintage style because it’s beautiful and classic. The style is appealing because it’s peaceful and the light colours bring happiness.
The key elements are rustic papers and floral patterns, to which I add smaller elements such as doilies, hearts and ribbon. Other items can be used, such as buttons and small wooden frames for sentiments or photos. Many colours can be used to capture a vintage theme, one way is to use light browns and creams to capture a rustic vintage style; another is to use pastel colours such as pinks, blues, greens and white.
Project Amy Designs is now in its second year in business and I still enjoy every order I make. When buying a card or gift wrapping, I think people look for something meaningful that reminds them of their family member or friend and this is what I aim to provide. I offer a range of greeting cards, gift bags, gift boxes and other small items that can be customised as desired. My clients provide me with detailed briefs of what they want. This can include messages on the inside of greeting cards, details added or other changes. I provide guidance on materials, colour and design. But it doesn’t stop there; I keep the client fully informed at each stage of production of the item. Should they then require a change, I will accommodate this so the finished customised article is exactly as they want.
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