Amanda Barnes - Textile Artist

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About Amanda Barnes - Textile Artist

Amanda Barnes - Textile Artist

I live in a world inhabited by mice made of liberty and tweed and I'm going slowly bonkers because of it!

I’m Amanda, I live in Aberdeenshire with my husband, son and various animals, including a mutant French Bulldog called Eric and a totally insane Jack Russell puppy called Rudy, who make regular appearances on my Facebook page and Instagram! I’m a mother of two – there’s Rory who uses his creativity through music and games design, and Lou, otherwise known as Yarntistry, who is an incredibly talented and creative crochet designer. I also have two grandchildren, yes I know, I don’t look old enough right?

I spend my days making small creatures from Liberty, Harris Tweed and velvet, adding various vintage pieces to make each one unique. I also do commission pieces, which have been used as wedding cake toppers, memorial pieces for lost loved ones and one has even appeared on the US show Criminal Minds.

When I’m not making tiny feet or miniature Christmas crackers, I like to cook, read and play World of Warcraft. I’ve just started the Couch to 5k running programme, which at the age 51, is hard going but strangely enjoyable! We are lucky enough to live in a small town surrounded by woods and fields, so walks with the dogs are one of my favourite things, especially when it’s windy and rainy.