Amy (aka Lucie) was born in a small town in Utah, and shortly after moved to a slightly bigger town. Being the daughter of the county extension agent, a rural version of Martha Stewart, she learned to cook, sew and craft from a young age. She spent a good portion of her childhood reading, and developed a love of esoteric words, cartoons, comics and Edward Gorey (who is a major style infulence to this day).
In later years, she graduated from Philadelphia University in Textile Design, and has the enormous Latin diploma to prove it. After graduating, she moved back to Utah with her computer techy husband and their two lovely cats. She has dabbled in almost every kind of craft imaginable, but loves creating prints the most.
A good friend called her style “outsider art meets cutie pie”, which seems to fit quite well. Almost all designs are drawn by hand, mostly because of a love of Micron pens and partly because of a major lack in tablet skills. She finds inspiration in the antics of her cats, her world travels, and cute things like squirrels. Although she loves to draw sea life, she has no great love of beaches, or deep water in general.
Allister, whose full name is Allister Crawley, is a cat of gigantic proportions whose hobbies involve helping to write posts by using the keyboard as a pillow, testing catnip products, sleeping in various places, and teasing Kiko, the other kitty in residence. He spent most of his life at a wonderful shelter in eastern Pennsylvania called Kitty Cottage (found here), until he was adopted by Amy and her husband.
Kiko was found wandering outside one January night at Amy and the husband’s (aka Rob) first apartment in Philadelphia. She was right outside the door when they went out to get pizza. Rob wanted to name her Pepperoni, because that is what they used to lure her out from under a car. Amy decided to name her Yukiko, meaning snow child, cause she is dorky like that.
Kiko is the resident product tester and quality control department. Projects that meet her approval are immediately sat upon, thus the term Kittenbutt Stamp of Approval was coined. When she isn’t busy in her official duties, she likes to nap on top of computers, annoy Allister, and attack her mortal enemy, the office rug, when it least expects it.