Boutique. I am a photographer, artist, and all around crafty girl. I own Amy
Clark Studios in the Short North and have started Bernie Bean Boutique as an
extension of the business because I just love being crafty and staying busy!
The items in my shop are constantly changing. I make what I would love for myself. If I wouldn't wear it, use, it, want it... I don't make it. I like to make the majority of my items from up-cylced materials. I love the idea of old throw away items being re-invented into something new and fun! Items
range from leather cuffs made from old belts to weekend bags made from old
tshirts to bleached and dyed denim shorts, reversible headwraps, earrings,
scarves, etc. I am constantly creating and adding new things as I get bored with the older stuff.
I am originally from Indiana but have lived in Pickerington with my husband and two sons for the last 10 years. I think it is official... I am now a buckeye! I LOVE living in Ohio and am proud to support all that is Ohio.
I have been making props for my photography business and items for my own closet for years. It wasn't until this year that at the urging of friends and family I decided to add Bernie Bean to my list of things to keep me busy. I started posting things on Instagram (amykayclark) and on our facebook page (facebook.com/berniebeanboutique) and was amazed at the positive response. I also have a store envy and etsy shop but the majority of sales come from Instagram and Facebook. I am so excited to now be a part of Simply Vague as well!
I have always loved crafting and creating. My grandma, Bernice (who's nickname was Bean...get the nod to her in the business name?) taught me how to sew when I was little. I loved sitting with her to watch her create clothes for us granddaughters from a pile of fabric. Together, we designed and made my prom dress in high school! She was always crocheting or sewing something and I loved that. Now as an adult, I have found that I don't know how to just sit and relax. I am always doing something! My house is full of piles of projects I am working on. I make it a point to keep my photography business running during business hours so that I can spend time with my husband and my children while they are still young. My oldest son has autism so that always adds to the adventure. I decided that I could make items for my shop once the children are in bed while hanging out with my husband at the same time. I love that I am able to keep myself busy doing what I love while still spending time with my family.
I typically come up with new ideas and products by wandering around thrift stores, garage sales, and resale shops. I touch everything. I pick up the most random things and think about how I can transform it. Family members are constantly giving me things and saying, "Here...maybe YOU can do something with this!". I love the challenge of figuring out how to make something old new again.