Ask Amee K. Sweet-McNamara why her fine-art jewelry business is called “Amee Runs with Scissors,’’ and she usually just laughs and says, “ Because it sounds a whole lot sexier than ‘Amee Eats Paste.’”
Working out of her southern New Hampshire home, Sweet-McNamara makes one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable-art textile-jewelry using a technique called “Soutache and Bead Embroidery” which involves hand-stitching yards and yards of soutache braid and hundreds of tiny beads. She takes her inspiration from all things color-saturated. Mucha posters, Venetian glass, Renaissance paintings, and Bollywood dance-costumes have all at one time or another influenced her creations.
As a professional instructor, Sweet-McNamara motivates and encourages women in their creative journey while within her business, she puts a priority on employing and mentoring younger women who wish to make a professional artistic future for themselves.
Sweet-McNamara writes books, contributes to craft magazines, sells her work through galleries and craft-shows, teaches both private and group classes at venues across the country, and is a proud member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.