We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Bennett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Truly, this life chose me! I’ve always been a hands on learn by doing creative thinker. Before I learned to sew at the age of 13 I would paint, make collages with stickers, do nail designs on those press on nails from the dollar store and so many other little artistic hobbies.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The art of cut and sew is one that really takes lots of practice as with most things in life. I’ve been sewing for years! But one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in sewing is that you never know until you try! There are so many things that I’d never sewn just simply because they seemed difficult or out of my skill set at the time. For example I used to avoid sewing stretch materials at all costs because they don’t always cooperate like say woven cotton which is what I usually work with. Recently I started making swim and my bikinis are actually my best selling item on my website right now.
Sewing constantly teaches me that most of the time our biggest obstacle is our mind! We can literally do anything we put our minds to. I’m pretty much self taught. My aunt taught me how to operate a sewing machine and the rest I learned on the internet. I was an ‘inside kid’ I loved to play outside in the yard but mostly I would stay inside and look up sewing tutorials on the internet and read sewing and teach myself how to make the things I drew or envisioned.
I want the world to know that you can do anything you set your mind to! It’s never too late to learn something new. And most of all I want to inspire others to use and share their creativity. Sometimes we don’t want to share because we think others might not appreciate it but even still we should share you never know who you might inspire and you never know what opportunities you can create for yourself simply by sharing your art whatever that is for YOU!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend was visiting I would take them to Venice Beach. Venice has the entertainment, the art, the food, the vibes.
For a little meditation, whale watching I’d take them to sunken city I’m always inspired and fascinated by nature taking back what’s hers and us stubborn humans finding away to reclaim it through artful expression.
I would also take them to Leimert Park to show them the real heart of Los Ángeles. Often tourists or visitors want to go to places like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, SaMo, but those love lack soul. Leimert has endless art, great food with delicious vegan options and most importantly a sense of COMMUNITY where you can come back and visit and address people by name.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
When I look back at my journey as a creative, my mother, Donna Hutchinson, has definitely my biggest motivator and supporter! She fully supported every one of my hobbies growing up. When she saw how I was into nails she took me to buy the supplies I would need. When she saw how passionate I was about sewing, she bought me my first sewing machine. She prays for me and she is always there. My father, Hopeton Hutchinson, and his green thumb have certainly been an inspiration to me as nature the place I receive most inspiration which shines a light on my roots in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. My big brother Hopeton Hutchinson JR has been a big influence in having my own ‘swag’. When I was in middle school he would take me to Melrose and other cool places to shop. He exposed me to a lot of art and he was even the first person to model for me when i started my first fashion business. I would also dedicate this shoutout to my daughter, Emery Rose Bennett. These day’s she is my biggest motivator. The way her face lights up when she enters my sewing studio or when she tries on something I made for her, the pure smile on her face is enough to keep me going!
So in all I would say I was blessed with an environment and family that inspired me and keeps me well motivated!