Hi, please introduce yourself and your business.Hi! I am Amber Antymniuk. I was born and raised outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan. I now live and work out of my home in Saskatoon.
My business is called Blow Creative Arts. When determining a name, it had to be one that could work as an umbrella for all of the ventures that I am lucky to call work: writing, illustrating and painting. My family name, Blow, means a lot to me, so when I got married and decided to change it I knew that someday I would come back to it.
Why did you start crafting business and how does your passion still drive your business today?I started Blow Creative Arts in the fall of 2018 while on parental leave with my son. I knew this time away from my career as an Arts Education teacher was a perfect opportunity to utilize some of my skills that had been put on the shelf over the years. Being able to nurture and teach my own children every day, combined with the flexibility and energy to create, became a dream come true. So fulfilling is each day spent taking time to enjoy my family while drinking coffee, going outside when the sun is shining and creating when the mood strikes.
What brought you to selling your products with Handmade Saskatchewan?The name of the store caught my eye for obvious reasons. My book, H is for Home: A Saskatchewan Alphabet, is a perfect fit as it is all things Saskatchewan. Written, illustrated, edited, self-published and printed all here in this beautiful province.
I have to attribute the majority of my success to my partner Mark. He is the driving force that pushes me to complete my creative endeavors. The theme of the book is also a huge factor in its success. The roots of Saskatchewan run deep. We are proud, yet humble and this ABC book compliments those attributes.
What do you attribute your success to?
If you could speak face to face with yourself when you first started, what pearls of wisdom would you impart?Dream big.
What new products have you been working on? Any you would like to highlight?I am currently working on a collection of paintings that will be on display at Calories Restaurant in Saskatoon during the month of September. I am also working on my second children's book.
How has the pandemic affected your business?Sales were slow after Christmas which I hear is normal but that slowness trickled into pandemic time. Despite this, I am grateful for all of the continued book sales from individuals and local businesses.
Thank you for your time! Any last closing comments?If you are looking for a commissioned watercolour painting, give me a shout! I love painting old machinery, tractors, plants, vegetables… Check out my website or instagram page. You can also contact me to book a paint workshop, or author reading.
You can contact Blow Creative Arts through the links and email below.
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