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I'm an artist and designer. I live in Ohio. I collect antique dental/medical tools and ephemera, old toys, sewing tools, and prize ribbons (3rd place and down, always root for the underdog!). I love beverages and pride myself on always serving them in the appropriate vessel. I've been bad at time management ever since I found out what time was. I worked as a commercial artist for 8 years, and operated a soap and perfume company for 9 years. I worry a lot. I revel in nostalgia. I'm a true idealist.

Here is my "official" artist bio:

Amanda Louise Spayd’s mixed-media work combines the textures and colors of antique domestic objects, the natural world, and an obsessive attention to detail. At once endearing and unsettling, her fabric creatures evoke ideas of cast-off children’s toys and ill-conceived taxidermy experiments with crooked human teeth.

Because of their aged, antique appearance, one is left to wonder about the origin, past experiences, and past lives of these creatures. Do they look like this because they were abandoned, or because they were literally loved to pieces? The idea of an unknown past story, combined with the possibilities of their future, is a central theme of her work. Her work has been published internationally, and is highly sought after by collectors around the globe, and she has exhibited her work in galleries and conventions across the United States, France, and Japan.