February 03, 2012


Maker of DIY Planners and artist; front-end web developer and designer well-versed in WordPress. Loves all things crafty.


Amanda Hawkins believes art is a means of parsing out emotions and creating space where life can be messy and nonsensical. This is clear in how she uses texture, layers, and contrast throughout her work. Her paintings— which incorporate watercolor, pastels, pen, pencil and found materials — are versatile works that have been called “whimsical” as well as “tragic.” Though abstract, her work embraces intimacy and evokes childhood optimism and nostalgia. Collage is also one of Amanda’s passions; she uses multimedia to blend grimy and minimal with bright colors and abstract elements.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and considers herself a recovering graphic designer, a background which involved the creation of everything from jumbotron slideshows to logos and printed materials. Though graphic design is no longer a primary focus, design and the digital world are still very much a part of her life through web development. For Amanda, creating websites combines the science and precision of code with the art and subjectivity of design. She describes the first time she turned a design into a website as being like magic, as if she were painting with words.

In addition to designing sites herself, Amanda partners with other artists and designers to bring their design to life while she pours herself into coding. She is also a maker of DIY planners and templates, which are as much planners as they are art projects—blending structure with life’s beautiful rough edges. When she’s not creating, Amanda can be found playing with her kids, listening to music and dreaming of road-trips to the beach.

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“Amanda’s work is incredibly versatile. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes tragic, it seems always imbued with a feeling similar to nostalgia — something bittersweet and much more perfect than the reality surrounding us.” Erica Engel


“Hawkins’ work is nothing short of inspiring. Each piece, perhaps a reflection of childhood innocence that seems to represent a little piece of all of us that was lost so long ago we’d forgotten it had even existed in the first place. Colorful, optimistic, imaginary, haphazard, but so very meticulous, her work consistently succeeds in inspiring me to throw every rule I’ve ever learned, every symbol and representation of adulthood out the window, and grab a box of crayons and go to town.” Rebecca Tillett


“Amanda Hawkins is singularly talented at the coupling of both intimate and abstract. She is able to evoke the uniqueness from everyday objects and the audience at once enjoys her creations as a secret to be kept and a treasure to share.” Marc Bourdon


“Amanda’s work is sweet and sincere; she has a divine sense of color and texture. I am so honored to have a piece of her work in my home.” Heather Murphy


“Don’t let Amanda’s calm, quiet, demeanor fool you. Take one tiny peek at her artwork and it’s a true insight to the interworking of enchanting color, intricate scribbles and witty phrases. I have had the pleasure of working with Amanda, and find her to be nothing less of a delight. Professional and structured, her creative ideas were inspiring to our department and she became a pivotal member of the group. As textured and multi-faceted as her work, Amanda has become one of my dear friends and most admired acquaintances.” Michelle Conery