Amanda has always stitched. She is trained in ceramics at Bristol but continued to stitch and her ceramics was like decorative textiles. Surface pattern was her main focus on the MA and then she concentrated solely on textiles. Amanda specifically works as a hand stitched embroiderer using coloured yarns onto a canvas backing. The stitches are limited to chain and back stitch and worked closely together so they form the background and foreground. Influences have always come from her own experiences and evolved over time. She has been making work for 30 years and have constantly exhibited during that time and engaged with some wonderful commissions, Roch Castle and St Davids Cathedral to mention a few.
Amanda’s style and personal approach remains constant but is applied to an ever changing love of exploring new images ideas and compositions. Inspiration has been found through travel, motherhood, teaching and much more recently the natural world. Having moved to Pembrokeshire with her potter husband, they have set up a small gallery where they now work, Goat Street Gallery here in St Davids and her images are now very much to do with the life in St Davids. Slightly naive observations of buildings, fish, birds feeding, watching, pairing up, standing around, day to day familiar glimpses that are sometimes humorous and a joy to behold.