AMBER RiCHARDSON

AGE: 23

BiRTHPLACE: Cleveland, OH

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Q: When did you know you wanted to pursue design and artistry?

A: My desire to create always existed. However, I didn’t truly tap into until I went to college for a major i didn’t want to pursue. It tormented me, because I knew my parents wanted me in school. Ultimately, the pressure was too much for me and I left school. With more time to myself, I was able to see what I wanted to do. From there, I just had so many ideas. 

Q: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

A: I love people that create in general, so everyday, people can inspire me. Fashion-wise, I love Giovanna Battaglia. She is a fashion editor for Vogue Italia and I just love her fashion style. Looking on Pinterest and looking at her outfits inspired some of my ideas for items to make. 

Q: How have you grown in your designs in recent years?

A: About 4 years ago, I started off crocheting random things and thought, “Meh, this is kind of boring.” I stopped for a while, but when i re-started crocheting, I made bathing suits; but I soon grew tired of that. Finally, I decided I want to make actual clothes that people would wear, and I immediately clicked with it. I’ve known how to crochet all my life, but it wasn’t until now that I turned that skill into something greater. 

Q: What childhood memory or artifact influenced you most to date?

A: My mom is also a crocheter (or ex- crocheter; she claims she’s retired), and she has a photo album of all the things she’s made. I love to look at them to remind myself that, in a sense, I was born to do this. I can’t stop because of fear or any laziness holding me back. 

Q: How much weight do you put on perception of audience?

A: A lot, I believe. I want people to see me and understand what I’m doing. I’m not JUST a crocheter; I’m a creative. I love to take pictures just as much as I love to crochet. I love concepts just as much as I love to crochet. When those things intercept, something beautiful happens, and magic is always created. I want my audience to see that I’m multifaceted. 

Q: What specific culture or period of time do you identify with most in your designs?

A: My designs are a culmination of whatever period of time I want to represent. Sometimes i go for a 90s fashion look, and other times, I go for a fun, carefree look. However, my looks are always stylized by whatever time period or concept I’m inspired by at the time. 

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Q: Where do you feel most comfortable creating?

A: If it were up to me, I’d crochet in a cabana; but that’s not my reality. For now it’s just my room with avatar the last air bender (the show)  playing. 

Q: What do you think is most important to an artist’s progression?

A: Thinking outside the box and trying new things. It’s the only way. There’s no way around it, but if you do find a way around it, you’re probably still doing the same, predictable things. 

 

Q: Describe your style in 3 textures or fabrics.

A: Linen, soft, bumpy. 

Q: Is it important for artists to explain their art?

A: Nothing is done without purpose. However, you don’t have to explain what the purpose is. I believe you shouldn’t have to spoon feed people things. Some art speaks for itself, but also defining what your art means can help with relatability. 

Q: What can be the biggest hindrance to your creativity?

A: Laziness. I get so tired of crocheting, but man, is it taxing if you’re doing it for 10 hours straight! Sometimes i just throw my stuff and step away, but I always come back because it’s what I want to do. 

Q: Do you stick to one project at once, or work on multiple at a time?

A: I definitely bounce between projects, because some yarns like yellow hurt my eyes after looking at it for too long. I also like to feel like I’m not just stuck working on one thing. 

Q: What other forms of art do you partake in?

A: Photography. My love for photography intersects with the crocheting so well, because I can capture the looks I want to create in a perfect way since I’m also taking the pictures of my stuff. I can draw and paint as well, but I just don’t have the time anymore. 

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Q: What is something you art the most proud of concerning your work? 

A: Probably the fact that I’m consistently making things people never thought they’d see crocheted. That’s what my biggest thing is: If i can find a YouTube tutorial of it, I’m not thinking creatively or hard enough to make something new. 

Q: If your journey had a movie, what would it be called?

A: I honestly don’t think it could have a movie, because my journey is never ending. Movies stop at some point. There’s is no point that I want my journey to stop. There would be no way to truly capture my journey. Maybe when I’m 80. 

Q: Do you feel energy has an impact on your creativity and your designs?

A: Yes, especially with feeling inspired. Something just hits me, and it’s like a warmth that tells me to create. I’m not sure where it comes from, but when it hits, some of my favorite things have resulted from that feeling. 

Q: Where can we find your clothing? 

A: Right now, I have a page on depop. They are also on my Instagram and Twitter, so most people message me privately if they want something specific made.


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