As we explore art and motherhood, we are so delighted by the number of creative women that we get to know. All so different, but all so dedicated to their craft. Amanda Jane Jones is a graphic designer with an organically modern aesthetic. Former graphic designer and co-creator of Kinfolk Magazine, Amanda has now ventured off and started another inspirational magazine, Define Magazine.
When did you start creating?
My mom was the best at always having ways for my brothers and I to be creative. She had a whole closet full of fabric, sequins, markers and paints – all at our disposal! If I was ever bored, I could just head to the closet and get creative.
What does “Art” mean to you?
What a question! I think art can be so many things – from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the chairs we sit in, to the paintings on my walls – I think you can find art in most anything. I think art makes you feel something – it moves you and inspires you.
What is your medium of choice?
I’m a graphic designer, and I love to see my work printed – so much of my work is online, once it hits the paper, it’s so satisfying. The smell, the texture, the weight…
Has motherhood altered your creative process? If so, in what ways?
SO MUCH. For one thing, I’m much faster. Before kids, I could take days to think up a new idea, but now my time is so limited, it almost makes me more creative. My brain works quicker because it has too.
Do you involve your child(ren) in your process, or is it a personal experience?
I try to keep my computer time away from my kids. My husband has a flexible schedule, so he and I get to trade off. When I work, he’s with the kids – when he’s in school, I am. We love it! Sometimes though when I’m editing photos, I’ll let Jane sit on my lap. for some reason, she finds it fascinating.
What do you do when you encounter a creative block?
I go for a walk. We live right along lake Michigan and that fresh air does wonders. I usually get my best ideas while I’m walking. I also have a large selection of books at home that I like to flip through if a walk isn’t an option.
If you could give creative mothers any piece of advice, what would that
Collaborate – meet with people, talk with and learn with people – be a sponge! I’ve done 4 internships – and two of those were after I’d already begun working full time. They were amazing opportunities because I was able to learn the ins and outs of running your my business, designing for clients and creating professional work.