Hi, I’m Amy.
I was raised in Scarborough, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. Since those adolescent days, there are a few things that have never changed about me: my wild frizzy hair, and my passion for creative arts. I attended art camp in lieu of my grade 8 grad trip because there was nothing more important to me. When I was 15, I worked as Arts & Crafts Specialist for less than $2/hour. I loved arts & crafts – painting, photography, set design, origami, calligraphy, woodworking… I loved them all – but I was terrible at drawing. On the other hand, by the time I graduated high school I could solve any calculus problem, but I still couldn’t draw more than a stick man. This made choosing a University program painfully difficult. I was accepted into a few art programs but knew my strengths were in math and science. I chose a logical route: computer-based art. I’d never need to worry about my sickly stick-men drawings. Besides, computers were going to be the way of the future!
In 2007 I completed a degree in Information Technology with a Major in Interactive Multimedia and Design, Minor in Psychology, and an Advanced Diploma in Media and Design. Then I got a big-girl job doing website design and marketing for a small software company in Toronto. Before starting this 9-5, M-F desk job, I did a six-week tour of Venezuela and Brazil. It was meant to be the trip of a lifetime; a bachelorette party for my freedom. I wondered if it was going to be the last time I would ever travel more than a week or two at a time…
Four employers and seven years after my jaunt in Brazil I traded in my car, my bicycle, my apartment, and my job for a trip around the world. In fact, I crashed my car, my bicycle was stolen, my apartment lease ended and my employer granted me a leave of absence. Trading them may have been easier but it didn’t matter, the stars aligned. So I planned my fairytale trip around the world.
I traveled. And traveled. Throughout 2014 I spent time in 25 countries and 55 cities across Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. I took thousands of photos. I met dozens of amazing people. If you ask me what my favourite place was I can’t answer. Berlin was the most fulfilling. Vietnam was among the tastiest and friendliest. Bali was the most enchanting. Edinburgh (Scotland), Leiden (Holland) and Luang Prabang (Laos) were the three prettiest cities I’ve ever seen, Dubai was the most spectacular, and Japan was astounding in the depth and breadth of ingenuity throughout every aspect of the food, art, architecture, and the environment. Overall, I discovered many differences and many more similarities across cultures and the ways people around the world express art, architecture, design, fashion, food, coffee… they’re all arts in the museum of life.