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Meet Amanda Archinuk

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Archinuk.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve always wanted to start my own business. Growing up, I saw my parents both take the entrepreneurial route, which greatly influenced my ambitions. I started out my career as a cosmetologist, but I always felt like I need more of a creative progression. I felt stagnant in a procedural job; I needed something that pushed me each day to learn and grow and try new things. I wanted something that was a constant change and learning process, so I set out to create a product that people would love. I came up with Kozy Knit Designs as a way to channel my creativity, and from that, I am able to expand to many other things like teaching classes, which has been a fun learning experience for me.

Please tell us about your art.
I hand knit blankets and pillows using chenille yarn. When I was searching for something to create, I came across these beautiful Merino Wool blankets that were trending on social media. I knew that would be something that would make me happy to create. But I wanted a more cost-effective and more appealing material to do it with. I came across chenille yarn, which is still beautiful but a lot more soft and cuddly. And from there, I continued to look for more ways to innovate and create. Which later turned into teaching DIY classes on how to do this craft.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Never stop trying. You don’t have to have it all figured out; you just have to start somewhere each day and not get overwhelmed with the big picture. In the beginning, I thought since I didn’t have a huge interest in Instagram, or since I didn’t know how to take professional product photos that I wouldn’t be able to be successful in a business, but instead, I researched and took it one step at a time. It’s all about taking chances and getting out of your comfort zone, which I’ve had to do a lot. Always be grateful for your small successes and acknowledge your accomplishments! Seeing the value in your efforts is one of the most important things you can do to keep you going.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The biggest way to support a small business/ artist is to share and like their content on social media, show up to their events, engage in their posts. It is a small thing to do that helps out a lot. The main platforms where I sell my creations are through Instagram and Etsy. I also sell at local pop up boutiques and local small shops.

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Image Credit:
Cassyarchphotography, Jackimphotography, Malloryseehagen

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