We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started Blue Hair Wonder because I thought it would be really unique way to give back to the world: creating embroidery and cross stitch art and donating the profits to non profit and social justice organizations.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Blue Hair Wonder is a mix of cross stitch and embroidery art and handmade accessories. When I started out I knew I wanted to make bold statements about our world politically, socially and economically, but I wanted to do it in a way I hadn’t seen before — and being a very big pin/button collector — I never came across cross stitch pins, so I decided to start out with that as my main focus. It definitely took me a while to prefect pixel art and writing in cursive in thread, but once I did, I just hit ground running. In recent months, I started to incorporate my sewing and chain stitch machine skills into the mix and started making totes with embroidery art, small pouches with embroidery, pet cross stitch portraits, chain stitched tees and so on and so forth. All of course in small batches, since my main career is in the movie and television industry as a Costumer. Which I’ve been very lucky to have my pins featured in tv series I’ve worked on, such as: 13 Reasons Why, Vida and HBOMax’s upcoming series Genera+ion.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start the day going to my favorite neighborhood coffee shop Bru and then getting breakfast tacos from Tacos Tu Madre. Do a walk down Vermont St. and pop in all the small shops like Squaresville, Otherwild, BellJar and Skylight Books. Eat a little lunch at All Time and then take a little hike up to Griffith Park and take in that LA view. Catching a movie at the Vista or Los Feliz 3 and then end the night with dinner and drinks either at Little Dom’s or Messhall — depending on the wait time 😉 . Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My grandmother was definitely my inspiration for anything creative I did in my life. She was the type of woman when she saw something that interested her enough, she’d just go do it. Like leaning how to frame photos and art professionally, leaning how to draw portraits with charcoal, learning how to fly a plane. My grandma definitely had no bounds and I feel like that was instilled in me and gave me the push I needed to start Blue Hair Wonder.