Amy Reader, while NOT in middle-age… yet, is a fiber artist, jewelry maker, entrepreneur. I ran across Amy’s hand-crafted woven jewelry at an art festival in North Carolina over the July 4th holiday and fell in love with her whimsical colors and designs.
Fast forward a few months, and now you can shop Amy’s unique, hand-stitched pieces right here; on the Kuel Shop.
Read Amy’s story on why she became an entrepreneur and what drives and sustains her.
KUELLIFE: What type of business do you own/run?
AMY: I am a full time fiber artist. I hand sew fiber art jewelry and wall pieces. Each of these pieces are carefully hand stitched by me in my home studio in Charlotte, NC.
KUELLIFE: What prompted you; or drove you to become an entrepreneur? When?
AMY: I’ve always been creating, dreaming, and planning. In the past few years, I wanted to dedicate time to creating and selling my own work and putting everything I had behind it. In August of 2018 I set out full time to make and sell my own work. I love the challenge and the excitement. My favorite kind of books to read have always been business and entrepreneurship books so I think it was only a matter of time before I set out on my own.
KUELLIFE: What turns you on most about your gig?
AMY: I really, really love sewing. Its very slow and tedious, but for me it is cathartic. So now I know that a huge part of my job is sewing and it keeps me excited and motivated to get to work each day.
KUELLIFE: What’s your biggest struggle?
AMY: When you meet me, you probably would never know that I’m a huge introvert. Social events like markets, networking dinners, etc are really draining for me. I have to mentally prepare myself before I go and then give myself recovery time afterward as well.
KUELLIFE: What is your biggest fear as an entrepreneur? How do you work through it?
AMY: I am really worried about getting stuck. I would hate to stop working and stagnate and not realize it. I have always valued growing and changing and adapting so hitting a big bump along the way and getting completely stuck on it and unable to move forward is scary to me. I work through it by being a very diligent planner. I love lists, goals, and organization and I try to keep those front and center so I don’t forget what I am working towards.
KUELLIFE: How do you measure your success?
AMY: I try to measure myself based on my own growth – this is hard because I have very high standards and I’m quite ambitious – but I am working on taking time to reflect on how far I’ve come over the past year and recognize that there is so much more to come.
KUELLIFE: Finally, what advice would you give other women about taking an entrepreneurial path?
AMY: One of the biggest things I’ve had to remember on this path is that patience is key. Nothing happens quickly. In hindsight it may feel fast, but in the moment it can feel incredibly slow. I try to remember that one of the best things I can do is to plug along, bit by bit, day by day, and progress will come. This journey is very much a marathon over a sprint which means you can’t give everything right at the start. If you start at a sprint, your legs will give out before you’ve even finished your first mile.