Amanda originally studied literature and that love of character and story has continued to inform her work across varied disciplines ever since. For the last 15 years, Amanda has worked in the fashion industry in a variety of roles, most recently specializing in textile design. While studying at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion where she obtained her MA in Fashion Design, she found her creative voice. It is during these studies that she first started to imagine and illustrate her own creatures.
At the root of these creations is her fascination with the idea of the uncanny and the notion of feeling as action. The simultaneous reaction of being drawn to something while also being repelled by it, the combination of the familiar and the unfamiliar: these are the ideas that drive her. Crucial to this notion is the difference between the sensation of the uncanny and its position in stark difference to shock or gothic sensibilities. She is constantly striving to reach that level of engagement that is paramount to the uncanny.
Much of her work is focussed on how we, as people, move among each other. She is driven by a desire to understand the motives behind people’s actions and often works these feelings out through her creatures.
She fell in love with ceramics early in life but it is only recently she has picked the practice up again and fallen deeply in love with the process of envisioning the characters in her mind through the medium.