I’m Amy, the maker behind Poppy Peak! Minus a few years in Chicago for college, I have spent my whole life playing and working in Alaska. I worked for several years as a graphic designer, and am excited to be translating all that I learned in that field into my bead work now. As of about a year ago, Poppy Peak is my full-time gig and if I’m not in my studio working, you can find me somewhere in the mountains!
What are your three favorite things to do outside?
I love hiking, backpacking, and staying at public use cabins/yurts/huts around AK. I am very lucky to be in such close proximity to so many amazing trails and backcountry and try and head out of town to take advantage whenever I can.
Tell us about Poppy Peak. How has it adapted and changed as you have?
I grew up with a closet full of art supplies and an itch to make. I chose to study graphic design in college because it felt like the most practical way to channel that creative energy into a career, but never felt like it fully clicked as my medium. I started beading after work as a creative outlet that involved less screen time and immediately fell in love with the tiny glass beads and the limitless possibilities. I eventually quit my design job and spent the next couple years working seasonal jobs and traveling while beading on the side. Somewhere along the way I realized its all I wanted to do, and took the leap to make it a full-time gig a year ago. Beading has been a welcome constant during a few years of transient living, and I am so thankful for how it has grounded me in my daily life. Running my own business is definitely an ongoing learning process, but I am so happy to be getting to create and share what I make every day.
4. What would you tell someone who wants to get into beading and doesn't know where to start?
I think the best thing you can do is find your local bead stores. Often times they have classes you can sign up for or are willing to help or point you in the right direction if you have questions. Plus you can't help but be inspired surrounded by all those colors and textures! Pinterest and Youtube are also great resources.
5. Best advice you've ever been given as an outdoorswoman/creative?
To have confidence in the decisions I’m making…nothing good comes from doing anything half-assed!