Meet Amy of Little Furey! Here’s her bio: My work is about raising consciousness and creating a better world stitch by stitch, one creation at a time. Little Furey designs celebrate traditional maker skills in an innovative way. Handmade crafts are often seen as a passive and predominantly female pastime. By turning these stereotypes on their head and subverting them, I am able to be proactive and resistant with my chosen medium of recycled materials, vintage hoops, felt, yarn, the creative use of words and vibrant color . Crafting allows me the medium to make a difference, whether it’s by fighting oppression or by adding a little more beauty and color that I hope to make manifest in the world. Handcrafting is an outlet and an expression of my passion for beautiful and quality design. My craft is my voice and I have decided to use it well. Little Furey goods are about the slow process of creating by hand and with love. I am a maker. I am handmade.
1. What inspires you and your work?
Resistance. Craftivism. Bright colors that make the world feel a little less broken.
2. Are makers doers or dreamers?
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Makers are special folks who can be both. They manifest dreams into reality.
3. What invention / product do you wish you would have created?
4. What is the worst invention / product still embraced by modern society?
5. If you could sit down and have a drink with any person in your industry, who would it be and why?
I actually had the pleasure of meeting with an amazing group of makers several weeks ago at Peppermint Sea Studio for a F* It Friday workshop I offered on hand embroidery. A vibrant community gathered for a few drinks, got crafty together and escaped the freezing cold with the warmth of community and creativity. I would do that again and again.
6. What do you love most about the Maker Movement happening in Kansas City right now?
I am currently obsessed with the Great British Baking Show. I can’t get enough of it. Someone recently called it the Klonopin of television. Someone told me watching the show is good for your soul. There is something magical about those bakers and the love and joy they create each week. There’s no conflict or drama. They all seem to be rooting for one another, nurturing the gifts and talents of all who gather under the tent. While it is a competition, they care deeply about one another, not merely their own success. There is a huge spectrum of diversity celebrated among all of these really real people coming together to live out their passion. Everyone should be so lucky to be part of a community like this - a microcosm of the world we so wish to manifest, such a different one that the one we often muddle through. The KC Maker community is our very own version of this and being part of it is very good for my soul.
7. Who or what is another maker in Kansas City that you’re impressed and inspired by?
I couldn’t possibly name just one. It is the collective energy of the community and the movement we are building as a whole that inspires and impresses me daily.
8. What Kansas City creation / icon best reflects our makers’ community?
Scraps KC! Scraps KC knows that there is more than one way to use an object and their store is filled with unique and colorful materials just waiting to be creatively reused. Scraps KC is reflective of the maker community because of it’s amazing mission, which inspires creativity in art and education, positively impacts that environment and provides hope for the homeless. Scraps KC sees art as a vehicle for social change, a vehicle for transforming the earth and meaningful connection with the homeless. If you haven’t been there yet, check it out.
9. If you could ask people to do just ONE thing to support the Maker Movement what would you ask or tell them?
Remember that no two handmade items can ever be duplicated exactly. Handmade art is an intimate expression of the maker’s spirit, a connection with you, a treasure immensely more valuable than something mass produced you will merely consume. Don’t you want to support more of that?
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