Who are you? My name is Amanda McCavour. I studied drawing, printmaking and installation at York University. I started experimenting with thread when I was at school, using it as a drawing tool. After finishing up at York, I was accepted into the residency program at Harbourfront Centre in the textile studio. Now I work from my home studio in the Junction.
What is on your ipod/bookshelf? I have some very new additions to my bookshelf as of yesterday! I went to the Toronto Reference library for their book sale and got some books for 25 cents a piece. I got some great reference books on machine embroidery! I have lots of craft “how to” books on my bookshelf. I find that they are great for learning how to do things. I also love the images of hands and different stitches and if you have a book like this from the ‘70’s (which i do!) there can be some very nice fashion shots! I have lots of podcasts on my ipod. Podcasts are awesome. Music wise, Plants and Animals have been a new recent fave and Janelle Monae too!
Where do you seek inspiration? Books: I have a visual dictionary that was given to me by my grandparents, I think on my fourth birthday. It’s one of my go-to books. It’s full of diagrams and illustrations and exploded views of everyday objects.
Antique stores/value village: Items at these stores can just get me thinking about different things, I like how they are all in one place, sort of randomly placed but all given away for some reason or another.
Google image searches: They’re a bit random and sometimes it’s really strange what can come up. I sometimes go on these horrible/amazing tangents from Google searches and find horrible/amazing things. That’s the beauty of the worldwide web.
When did you start creating? I think I have always been drawing and making stuff. I used to draw en mass when I was younger. Piles of paper and drawings would surround my desk downstairs. I also really loved googly eyes. Really, putting googly eyes on anything makes it amazing. That counts as creating, right?
Why Toronto? My family is close Toronto and since I have studied in Toronto and started working here, a lot of my friends are here too! Toronto is a great city to bike around in and I love going for runs along the west Toronto rail path. There is always lots to do. Toronto is never boring.