Amanda Barnes - Textile Artist

“A world of magical mice...”

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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 originally from a small town in Wiltshire but during my grown up years I’ve lived in Saudi Arabia & Qatar in the Middle East. I’ve had many jobs over the years from the very under appreciated bar jobs to web developer and all the way up to Account Manager for an online training company. I even worked as a restaurant and food critic in the M.E.

​Coming back to the UK has enabled me to faff about with what I love the most, sewing and creating.

I work mainly in Harris Tweed and Velvet but I've recently started making my mice in Liberty fabrics. These are a little more dainty than my tweed or velvet.

​I try to make each small creature unique even if it's a design or character I've made several times before. I'm adding to my designs all the time, now adding in vintage lace, linen, wooden cotton reels and other small pieces that are unloved and unused, making them loved again.

If you are a fan of Criminal Minds, you might have noticed one of my mice on Penelope Garcia's desk! It's even given a close up in the episode 'The Bunker' in the latest season!

I love what I do and I hope that you will love what I do too!