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Maker interview with Amber Kemp-Gertsel
Having recognized the passion, drive, and pure enjoyment of making things that each Making It contestant illustrates, Makerviews is excited to have the chance to highlight, feature, and share insights from each contestant. This Making It series gives a deeper look into these makers’ lives. The format: Makerviews asks these talented individuals two questions. That’s it, two questions. Learn more about this series.
Amber Kemp-Gertsel is a former a child psychologist turned craft blogger and maker. Or as she puts it: PhD to PhDIY. She runs the website Damask Love from Miami, Florida and is consistently putting out amazing project tutorials.
Check out this interview with Amber Kemp-Gertsel, maker from NBC’s Making It.
Making It Interview...
with Amber Kemp-Gertsel
What inspires you to keep making things?
"I like to get people pumped about being crafty. That's what keeps me going. If I can inspire someone else, then I'm happy! That's what keeps me going."
What one piece of advice would you give to other makers?
"Start simple. Don't get too caught up with having a house full of crafting supplies and tools. You can create beautiful things with something as simple as paper and scissors."
"Don't get too caught up with having a house full of crafting supplies and tools." — Amber Kemp-Gertsel
Thank you all for reading this interview - get out there and make things!
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More about NBC's Making It:
Presented, produced, and hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman with judges Dayna Isom Johnson and Simon Doonan and Shop Master Jimmy Diresta. This show is set in a serene cabin, filmed near Malibu and it was recently announced that the show is set for an upcoming Season 2!
"The best makers from around the country take on a series of handmade projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition goes on, the challenges become increasingly difficult, and the least successful maker is eliminated each week.
Each episode of the competition will consist of two projects that allow the makers to demonstrate their specialized talent while sharing skilled insights and touching personal stories. First, the "faster-craft" round will be a timed challenge that will test their ability to not only work quickly but imaginatively as well. Next, the makers will move to the "master craft collection," a one-of-a-kind themed challenge in which the competitors will need to use their expertise and get inventive in order to assemble a winning craft that fits the theme of that week.
The show culminates in a final craft-off between the last two makers. Taking place in a serene outdoor setting, the positivity, character and camaraderie of handmade culture shines through as the comedic hosts and judges provide encouragement, guidance and lots of laughs."— sourced from Wikipedia and NBC
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