This weekend’s Montauk Historical Society Second House Craft Show features works by Amanda Beckmann, among other local talents.
Amanda Beckmann at work on one of her denim creations.
“I was always creative as a kid, but for some reason, over the years I convinced myself I wasn’t,” explains Amanda Beckmann, a Long Island native who spent years navigating the business side of a design firm that she co-owned in Portland, Oregon. “It wasn’t until my firm participated in a fundraising art auction that I had my great epiphany moment. One day I grabbed wood and magazines and started painting and cutting, and I created my first collage. That was when I went, Oh my God, I am good at this.” After the design firm closed, Beckmann devoted herself to her art. Four years ago, she moved back to Montauk, where her family had settled after she graduated from high school (Beckmann once worked at The Golden Eagle). After repurposing a denim skirt with her sewing machine, Beckmann reports that customers “freaked out,” and a whole new business was born. Today Beckmann’s denim creations—everything from bags and purses to skirts and patches (along with collages and watercolors)—are a hit at local craft/maker’s shows and farmers markets, as well as on her Etsy site, Artbya. “The beauty of living in the Hamptons as an artist is that you don’t have to do any work to get ready; you are already in that state of mind,” she says. “And fortunately, there is a big maker’s movement out here that is really supportive.” Amanda Beckmann’s work can be seen at this weekend’s Montauk Historical Society Second House Craft Show, Montauk Highway and Second House Road, Montauk.