Amy Johnson is the founder of Maker Mama, a craft and creative blog, written from San Antonio, Texas. Amy has always considered herself a creative person, with making things being a lifelong passion. A former program director, she began her blog in 2009 and that’s when the fun really began. On Maker Mama readers will discover an ever growing source of creative and crafty projects and Amy’s musings on motherhood. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Amy Johnson.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Down-to-earth yet eclectic, and I love all things vintage and thrifted. I love taking old things and giving them a second life with creative reuse.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
When I have an upcoming project, the ideas have to simmer in my mind first, and the final inspiration often pops up when I least expect it.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
My Oma and Opa. She’s an amazing homemaker and needleworker, and he’s a self-taught carpenter. My husband and I have both learned so much from them!
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I’m inspired by people’s stories. I love listening to the radio and expanding my worldview. A good story breathes new life into me and fuels me for my own work.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
My drive to nourish a creative outlet for myself. If you have the need to create, then do it! You won’t be whole if you suppress that part of yourself. And don’t get hung up on not being like everyone else. It sounds cliché, but that’s tripped me up way too often.