Amy Butler has been making "things" her entire life; drawing as early as she is able to remember and learning to sew at the age of 7. She reports being heavily influenced by her grandmother and her Mom... two dynamic women who shared their love of arts & crafts and always supported Amy’s desire to follow her own heart.

SCHOOL AND EARLY ON

Amy worked hard in art school to hone her skill and that is when she became obsessed with fashion and surface design. She got a job with a large company right out of school and soon started filling her personal creative time with making small passport bags out of vintage fabric and selling them in shops. In 1992 she and husband/partner Dave decided to move home to be near family and start their studio " Art of the Midwest ".

Over the years Amy and Dave developed a breadth of illustrations and products for clients worldwide always believing that they would continue to evolve and craft this creative life. Keeping on this path, putting one foot in front of the other one creative experience and opportunity has led to the next, ultimately allowing Amy to come full circle and create a business that incorporates her biggest passions in print design, sewing and connecting with people.

AMY’S COMMUNITY-BASED WORK ETHIC

Artistic energy extends into the way Amy and Dave run their business and work to effect positive community changes and beyond. Every decision is looked at with respect to how it will affect other people. The two want to improve the lives of those whom they touch. Working to live sustainability is part and parcel of everything they do at their studio, and of how they try to lead their lives. This philosophy is inherent : reusing vintage clothing and furnishings, making your own beautiful home and fashion items, gardening organically to help sustain your ecosystem, and simply—well, living simply.

Amy shares that "Giving back " is also key and is a great privilege. It's a way of life that elevates the spirit and encourages those around you to take responsibility for and ownership of society as a whole. A better world is constantly maintained, not finally achieved. They work to sustain a cottage industry of local seamstresses, engage in fundraisers for their local women's shelter and food bank, and support the area's animal shelters. Amy believes that it's vital to work to maintain a healthy, viable relationship with one’s own community. This is essential to the optimistic vision that inspires her, and it is dear to her heart.

BECOME A FAN

This attitude is reflected in every creation of Amy Butler. Her fabrics and prints spring alive with beauty, creativity and their own special uniqueness that makes them so much fun to wear, carry and display. If you haven’t checked out her work, do so now. You’ll become a fan!