My name is Amy Perrier, I’m a crafter of many things, but what I enjoy doing most is string art. I grew-up in Folsom CA, which was made famous by the Johnny Cash song Folsom Prison Blues. I have been living in San Francisco in Bernal Heights for the past 6 years.
What do you make or do?
I make string art, light-up letters, recycled art and furniture.
Where can we find your creations?
I sell my items online at www.etsy.com/shop/BernalBurrow
Is there an interesting story behind the name of your business?
I started making and selling my crafts 4 years ago, I quit my full-time job a year and a half ago. I do work part-time as a legal assistant to bring in some extra income.
When you’re not making things, what do you do?
When I’m not making things I love riding my bike and exploring the city. I love taking drives along highway 1 and stopping at all the cute coastal towns.
Is creativity a luxury or a necessity for you?
I didn’t tell my parents for over a year that I quit my day job to pursue my crafts. I didn’t want them to worry and I didn’t want them to be disappointed in me. They still give me grief about not having a full-time job or benefits, but I just ignore it, because what it comes down to is that I’m happy doing what I’m doing. Now my biggest obstacle is competing with the big box stores. It seems like everyone these days sells some sort of light up letter, so business has slowed, but that just pushes me to come up with new ideas.
My grandfather started making string art in the 60’s and never stopped until his death in 2014. He lived in NYC and on the weekends sold his art in Central Park. Unfortunately, he wasn’t that close with my family, but I was always in awe of his art work. My parents used to make Christmas Crafts every year and sell them at the local craft fair. I loved the whole scene, it was so much fun helping them and selling. I looked forward to it every year.