Confession time, I am a podcast fanatic! One of my favs is Being Boss. I am a member of the Facebook group and ended up meeting today’s wonderful Hello Wonderful subject Amanda Glandon on there. We had a super chat recently via Skype and I’ll share more on that soon. I think that Amanda’s mission with her business The Art Assembly is very interesting and I can see some wonderful things coming from what she is doing there. I have my suspicions that if you enjoy Hello Wonderful or love artist interviews then you’ll really enjoy Amanda’s interview series Viewpoints. Enjoy getting to know Amanda below and you'll see why she's so inspiring and wonderful!
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
I'm many things, depending on who you ask! In my day job, I create marketing strategies and make brands cohesive. In my side work, I run The Art Assembly -- a place where artists go to grow. And in my free time, I make weavings, play ukulele, and go to as many art festivals as I can. Oh, and I am a big board game person. Come to my house, and you will be trapped into a game. I live in a little apartment in Chicago, though I'm from Tennessee originally.
What do you believe in?
I believe in dreams, but more than that, in making them happen. I believe that a little bit of struggle gets you to where you want to be, and that every time you think you haven't found the right job, hobby, person -- the right thing for you -- that's exactly when you'll find it. On a less serious note, I believe in deep dish pizza, Netflix, vintage stores, road trips, and really, really good hugs.
When do you feel your most wonderful?
When I feel like I have done actual, real, tangible good for someone.
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?
The Art Assembly! I was in a place where I felt crushed by the weight of a boring job. I knew that I made the wrong choice in starting work there, and felt like I spent my days getting nothing accomplished. Because of my lack of fulfillment, I started daydreaming in a way I hadn't since I was in high school. After long talks with close friends, chance encounters with encouraging people, and a lot of self-reflection, I was able to put TAA out into the world to help others chase their dreams.
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?
The earliest time I can remember experiencing wonder is being at Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park in Tennessee, as a little girl. Yes, Dolly Parton has a theme park and it's awesome. At Christmastime, the whole park is completely covered in lights. It seemed so big and bright. The most recent time I experienced wonder really showed me that I need to get out in nature more! I was walking back home from the lake in Chicago and found myself under the shade of a giant tree. I had a little Pocahontas moment as the sun came through the leaves and the wind shook the branches and I just stopped to take it in. Seriously, someone get this girl on a hike!
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?
Kimmy Compton of Gather Handwoven is an art educator and weaver who is incredibly helpful and kind-hearted with her students -- I should know, I have been one! Her weavings are the BEST and she's just a wonderful person.
Jana Kinsman I am totally in awe of how she's built this amazing life for herself. She makes illustrations for Crate & Barrel and draws portraits at events as Doodlebooth. The illustration of me was done by Jana! She also runs Bike a Bee, a local beekeeping collective in Chicago. I'm not 100% sure whether she sleeps or just does amazing things 24 hours a day.
Eric Landon of Tortus Copenhagen. Because, no one makes more beautiful ceramic work.