Amy Ploss-Samson is the epitome of a modern-day renaissance woman. From commercial photography to sewing, woodworking to running a vintage storefront, she truly does it all (and did we mention she’s a mom, too?). We’re so excited for you to learn more about Amy, how she got started in her creative career, and what’s next for her and her family.
We know you for your adorable felt plants, but you’re also a photographer, maker, shop owner, mother, and overall multi-talented human—can you share a little more about the different media you use to create and the path your career has taken?
Art and more specifically "making" has always been a part of my life. I have been fortunate to have grown up in a family of makers. My childhood was spent in woodshops, garages, darkrooms, behind a sewing machine, covered in glue, glitter, sawdust, grease, and the occasional hot glue string.
This upbringing led to my decision to attend Savannah College of Art and Design. In college, I found ways to incorporate my other skills into my photography projects. When commercial photography became my career in 2004, I turned to fine art photography, sewing, and woodworking as creative outlets and hobbies.
I find that I mostly "make" because it's something I want, that I haven't been able to find. I used to make my own clothes or modify existing clothing for this reason. I create a lot of my artwork because it's what I want to see in my own home. It's not the most in-depth "artist statement," but it's honest.