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Artist, Educator, Empowerer, Plant Eater,
Nature Lover, Cookie Baker, Climate Change Activist
I’m glad you are here, Now let’s make shift happen.

Scrapbox Contestants - Amy Roemer

The roster of amazballz contestants continues!  Today we have Amy Roemer in the spotlight with a very artistic and original way of working with textile scraps! She and have a little shared history as we both grew up in families of artists and attended Mass Art although at different times. So cool!

Here are her words:

I grew up in Westford, Massachusetts and attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. I grew up in a family of artists, musicians, writers, and  theater performers. In the early 90s, I moved to Los Angeles, and found work as a freelance fashion illustrator, which led me to a career doing costumes in the entertainment industry. I worked on dozens of movies, television shows, theater and commercials. I worked on shows like Roseanne and Dharma & Greg (where my ability to tie dye came in handy)! My artwork also made appearances in several TV shows, as well.


Later, I became part of a women’s Co-operative gallery in Venice, CA called 10 Women, where I displayed and sold my paintings with other women artists for years. At that time, I also displayed and sold my work in many juried art shows in Southern California and was awarded by the Skirball Cultural Center for my work displayed at the NoHo Fine Arts Festival.


Bright colors, nature, female focused issues, and often my poetry find their way into my work. My essential purpose and passion for doing my work is to connect with others. My goal is to have someone look at my work and think “I feel that, too.”


My first awareness of textile recycling came early. I was a teenager in my bedroom with an old 1800s sewing machine and ideas! I was given old fabric from family members or found fabric at a thrift store and made my own clothes from there! Later, when I lived in the Berkshires, I met Crispina and worked in her studio for a short time doing weaving and stitching together her dolls made from recycled sweaters!


I learned about Crispina’s Scrapbox 2020 challenge from an e-mail she sent out! I was so excited to be able to enter and to challenge myself!


This challenge came at the perfect time. We are all experiencing the pandemic right now and with the need to distance ourselves and stay at home, this challenge has given me a purpose, a schedule, a routine, a social outlet. How fun is it to check out what everyone is creating with these scraps!?


My biggest struggles are organization and confidence. As a mom, a wife, a freelance artist, a volunteer, etc… I find it hard to keep all parts of my world organized and to balance everything I need to do and want to do can be very challenging. Growing up in a family of very talented people was amazing, because I learned so much, but, as the youngest, I have always struggled with confidence, with feeling like my work has to live up to or be “as good as” other family members.


Three things that bring me joy are 1. My family; my husband John, who is my biggest supporter, and my daughter Helen (14), who is a kind, funny, talented, smart being! And, my two 10 year old cats, sisters Mabel and Tabitha, who make me smile every day! 2. Nature! I find peace and comfort from the grandest mountains and oceans to the smallest flower or insect. Nature has gotten me through some of the toughest trials of my life. 3.Yoga! Yoga means “union” or “connection” which is the purpose of my art. To practice physically, spiritually, and socially (yoga class) brings so much joy to my life.


Crispina can serve us as we venture forward by continuing to be a great source of inspiration and sharing her knowledge on creating and getting creations out into the world!

top - L to R Unboxing, Additions, In-Progress Detail     above - L to R In-Progress, Detail, Finished Work

Scrapbox Contestants - Amy Roemer

The roster of amazballz contestants continues!  Today we have Amy Roemer in the spotlight with a very artistic and original way of working with textile scraps! She and have a little shared history as we both grew up in families of artists and attended Mass Art although at different times. So cool!

Here are her words:

I grew up in Westford, Massachusetts and attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. I grew up in a family of artists, musicians, writers, and  theater performers. In the early 90s, I moved to Los Angeles, and found work as a freelance fashion illustrator, which led me to a career doing costumes in the entertainment industry. I worked on dozens of movies, television shows, theater and commercials. I worked on shows like Roseanne and Dharma & Greg (where my ability to tie dye came in handy)! My artwork also made appearances in several TV shows, as well.


Later, I became part of a women’s Co-operative gallery in Venice, CA called 10 Women, where I displayed and sold my paintings with other women artists for years. At that time, I also displayed and sold my work in many juried art shows in Southern California and was awarded by the Skirball Cultural Center for my work displayed at the NoHo Fine Arts Festival.


Bright colors, nature, female focused issues, and often my poetry find their way into my work. My essential purpose and passion for doing my work is to connect with others. My goal is to have someone look at my work and think “I feel that, too.”


My first awareness of textile recycling came early. I was a teenager in my bedroom with an old 1800s sewing machine and ideas! I was given old fabric from family members or found fabric at a thrift store and made my own clothes from there! Later, when I lived in the Berkshires, I met Crispina and worked in her studio for a short time doing weaving and stitching together her dolls made from recycled sweaters!


I learned about Crispina’s Scrapbox 2020 challenge from an e-mail she sent out! I was so excited to be able to enter and to challenge myself!


This challenge came at the perfect time. We are all experiencing the pandemic right now and with the need to distance ourselves and stay at home, this challenge has given me a purpose, a schedule, a routine, a social outlet. How fun is it to check out what everyone is creating with these scraps!?


My biggest struggles are organization and confidence. As a mom, a wife, a freelance artist, a volunteer, etc… I find it hard to keep all parts of my world organized and to balance everything I need to do and want to do can be very challenging. Growing up in a family of very talented people was amazing, because I learned so much, but, as the youngest, I have always struggled with confidence, with feeling like my work has to live up to or be “as good as” other family members.


Three things that bring me joy are 1. My family; my husband John, who is my biggest supporter, and my daughter Helen (14), who is a kind, funny, talented, smart being! And, my two 10 year old cats, sisters Mabel and Tabitha, who make me smile every day! 2. Nature! I find peace and comfort from the grandest mountains and oceans to the smallest flower or insect. Nature has gotten me through some of the toughest trials of my life. 3.Yoga! Yoga means “union” or “connection” which is the purpose of my art. To practice physically, spiritually, and socially (yoga class) brings so much joy to my life.


Crispina can serve us as we venture forward by continuing to be a great source of inspiration and sharing her knowledge on creating and getting creations out into the world!

top - L to R Unboxing, Additions, In-Progress Detail     above - L to R In-Progress, Detail, Finished Work

Scrapbox Contestants - Amy Roemer

The roster of amazballz contestants continues!  Today we have Amy Roemer in the spotlight with a very artistic and original way of working with textile scraps! She and have a little shared history as we both grew up in families of artists and attended Mass Art although at different times. So cool!

Here are her words:

I grew up in Westford, Massachusetts and attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. I grew up in a family of artists, musicians, writers, and  theater performers. In the early 90s, I moved to Los Angeles, and found work as a freelance fashion illustrator, which led me to a career doing costumes in the entertainment industry. I worked on dozens of movies, television shows, theater and commercials. I worked on shows like Roseanne and Dharma & Greg (where my ability to tie dye came in handy)! My artwork also made appearances in several TV shows, as well.


Later, I became part of a women’s Co-operative gallery in Venice, CA called 10 Women, where I displayed and sold my paintings with other women artists for years. At that time, I also displayed and sold my work in many juried art shows in Southern California and was awarded by the Skirball Cultural Center for my work displayed at the NoHo Fine Arts Festival.


Bright colors, nature, female focused issues, and often my poetry find their way into my work. My essential purpose and passion for doing my work is to connect with others. My goal is to have someone look at my work and think “I feel that, too.”


My first awareness of textile recycling came early. I was a teenager in my bedroom with an old 1800s sewing machine and ideas! I was given old fabric from family members or found fabric at a thrift store and made my own clothes from there! Later, when I lived in the Berkshires, I met Crispina and worked in her studio for a short time doing weaving and stitching together her dolls made from recycled sweaters!


I learned about Crispina’s Scrapbox 2020 challenge from an e-mail she sent out! I was so excited to be able to enter and to challenge myself!


This challenge came at the perfect time. We are all experiencing the pandemic right now and with the need to distance ourselves and stay at home, this challenge has given me a purpose, a schedule, a routine, a social outlet. How fun is it to check out what everyone is creating with these scraps!?


My biggest struggles are organization and confidence. As a mom, a wife, a freelance artist, a volunteer, etc… I find it hard to keep all parts of my world organized and to balance everything I need to do and want to do can be very challenging. Growing up in a family of very talented people was amazing, because I learned so much, but, as the youngest, I have always struggled with confidence, with feeling like my work has to live up to or be “as good as” other family members.


Three things that bring me joy are 1. My family; my husband John, who is my biggest supporter, and my daughter Helen (14), who is a kind, funny, talented, smart being! And, my two 10 year old cats, sisters Mabel and Tabitha, who make me smile every day! 2. Nature! I find peace and comfort from the grandest mountains and oceans to the smallest flower or insect. Nature has gotten me through some of the toughest trials of my life. 3.Yoga! Yoga means “union” or “connection” which is the purpose of my art. To practice physically, spiritually, and socially (yoga class) brings so much joy to my life.


Crispina can serve us as we venture forward by continuing to be a great source of inspiration and sharing her knowledge on creating and getting creations out into the world!

top - L to R Unboxing, Additions, In-Progress Detail     above - L to R In-Progress, Detail, Finished Work
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