I want to quickly start out by saying I’m sorry for neglecting the blog lately. I haven’t shared new work or inspiration in a while because life has been a whirlwind lately! Between moving last week, catching up on work, and visiting family this week, I’ve put the blog on the back burner, but things should be moving smoothly soon and I’ll share things I’ve been working on soon! BUT — I’d like to introduce Amy Moore as this week’s Spaces feature! Amy is a Graphic Designer and Artist based in Seattle. She also runs the blog, Strataflora! Enjoy!
Tell us about yourself as a creative.
Hi there! I’m Amy Moore, and I’m a graphic designer + artist, living in Seattle, WA. Since I was a child, I’ve always known I was made to create things and express myself through a visual medium – I love the work I do, and I’ve been lucky to meet some amazing people along the way. I’m always dreaming and scheming…I live for the next creative project I can take on!
Describe your creative journey.
Growing up, I was fortunate to have parents who enrolled me in every extracurricular activity you can think of, and the arts were what I really thrived on! I started winning awards for drawings in elementary school – which are probably hilarious to look at now – and got a little monetary reward for a Father’s day portrait contest I did that was published in the newspaper (it was SO exciting at the time). That sealed the deal! In high school, I helped direct and paint a mural on a wall in the school…I stayed after school with the teacher’s kids to help them do crafts. Definitely an art nerd, haha.
My mom is a total inspiration to me; she is a regular Martha Stewart – she made the drapes in our home, draws, paints, cooks – she does it all, and I have her to thank for my creative genes. She and I started getting into scrapbooking when I was around 14…that definitely was influential in my becoming a graphic designer. Coming up with creative layouts and arranging photos with captions and other little details on the page was magical for me! It probably was also the beginning of the magazine and paper ephemera hoarding. I ended up going to college for graphic design, and my career is continuing to unfold. I’m working as a Marketing/Art Director right now, and moving towards becoming a full-time freelance designer in the next few years. I can’t wait to see where life takes me, and I have a feeling I’ll rack up a few other titles along the way. I’m a bit of a magpie!
Share a little bit about your space.
My space is in a little corner of the one bedroom apartment that I share with my boyfriend – so it’s constantly evolving as we add furniture or move things around. I’d love to be able to fit my easel in there, but to avoid having a drop cloth on the floor constantly, it’s in the kitchen. I love my desk, which I just acquired this year – I feel like it really helped pull everything together. The Wassily -inspired chair is from Craigslist – a lucky find for $30! Since I’m a visual creature, I’m regularly rotating out art, prints and little pieces of inspiration. I do a variety of work – graphic design, illustration, painting, and most recently I’ve gotten into book-binding! So I need to be able to get to all my supplies, most of which are kept in the files boxes along the bottom of that white Ikea bookshelf, which also acts as a divider between my “studio” and our living room. I’m a total neat-freak AND totally ADD, so I try to keep things pared down, especially since the space is small. If there is a lot of clutter, I get really distracted!
What’s your favorite thing about your space?
Hmmm…probably a tie (is that allowed?!) between my desk and my collections of art/trinkets/books. The desk really unified the whole area, and it’s big enough for me to spread out my work on. The art + ephemera I have hanging around the place inspires me, as do my books. I am a bit of a collector, so being able to always see my treasures lifts my spirits. Plants used to be more of a fixture when I lived in California, because we got so much natural light in our place – it’s a different story in Seattle; I’ve managed to hang onto a couple of dark dwellers…I wish I could have more! One thing I’d love to change is the wall color, but since we aren’t sure if we’ll be staying in this apartment, I haven’t committed to painting the walls…yet.
What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
I think inspiration is probably the most important factor, although functionality matters too! Being a creative requires you to be ever-evolving, always thinking forward and staying fresh + inspired…having a space that nurtures/promotes your creativity is absolutely essential. So whatever form of inspiration makes you happiest, you should have it surrounding you! I’ve quickly learned the importance of ergonomics in the past couple of years too; working a full-time job, and then coming home to do freelance work at night means a ton of hours in front of a screen and in a chair. My back, neck and eyes have totally felt the wear – a comfy and functional workspace are HUGE! Your body will thank you. 🙂