Artist's Story: Amanda Jane Jones

Meet Amanda, Chi-town resident and founding designer for Kinfolk magazine. This lovely design dynamo is sharing her thoughts on motherhood and creativity, and, of course, home full of beautiful framed art!

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Where's home? Hyde Park — Chicago, IL

What's your day job? I'm a freelance graphic designer and art director (and occasional photographer) - I only work part-time so I can be home with my daughter. (Baby boy on the way!)

What are some of your favorite things? Family time! We love to adventure together - explore new beaches, look for rocks, go for bike rides. Anything we can do together. I also really really love books. Not that I have a ton of time to read, but I love to surround myself with good books - design books, old books, photography books. All of them!

What is your most unexpected quality? I'd say I'm pretty socially awkward. That's why I think being a freelance graphic designer is perfect for me. I can work from the comfort of my own home. 

Where do you find inspiration for your work? I get a ton of inspiration from my old design books. When I have an artists block of sorts, I always turn to those. Well that and fresh air. A nice walk along the lake always seems to get the creative juices flowing. 

How would you describe your creative process? The longer I'm a mother, the faster it gets. It's weird - almost like my brain knows I have limited time, so the creative ideas start flowing sooner than they ever have. I do a lot of thinking before I ever put anything real down on paper or the computer.

 

"The longer I'm a mother, the faster it gets. It's weird - almost like my brain knows I have limited time, so the creative ideas start flowing sooner than they ever have."

 

What are some of your favorite artists/creatives to follow? I adore Maira Kalman. I heard her speak when I was in college and I think she's just wonderful. Everything she does. I also am a big fan of Abby Clawson Low. She's been a favorite designer for a long time.

What did you frame with us and why is it special to you? I framed two photographs that I took this summer with my family. A vintage map of Chicago that we found at the flea market last month and then a 6 frame grid for the nursery of prints from an old Paul and Ann Rand story book - Sparkle and Spin. (don't worry - I have a second copy that we still have to read as well. :)) The photographs are just precious memories. Chicago is the first home we've shared with children, so having a framed map of our city will be a treasure for many years to come. And the story book pages? It's just so hard to find classy, and simple pieces for the nursery. The book pages were the perfect addition, and also gender neutral as our son and daughter will be sharing eventually. 

Any upcoming Framebridge projects? Yes! I am actually expecting a new print in the post from Hilde Mork that I plan to frame. You can view it here. So beautiful and moody! I think it would look great in our bedroom.


We totally agree! There's something to be said for keeping it simple. Head over here for more inspiration from Amanda, and be sure to follow her on Insta for truly gorgeous 'grams.