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Life & Work with Brandy Wayne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandy Wayne.

Hi Brandy, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always loved making things with my hands and learning new skills. I’ve tried all sorts of mediums, the first one I fell in love with was ceramics, I really liked the idea of ‘functional art’, something beautiful that could be used everyday, on display in any home with a designated purpose. I went to college at CSULB and got a degree in “general design” with an emphasis in furniture and product design. I learned all sorts of new skills from drawing, computer rendering, graphic design and product design. I really wanted to find a career that merged art and design and that’s what eventually led me to my self-employed woodworking career.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve always had a ton of support in whatever I chose to do. My parents, relatives, friends, former employers and partners have always gassed me up. I’ve just always believed I could truly do whatever I wanted and I think that’s very important, especially as a female woodworker. It’s important to not be intimidated, face your fears, and conquer your goals one at a time.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a self-employed wood-worker and I go by “Handy Dandy Brandy”, a name my father coined when I was young, he’s always showed me how to fix things around the house which gave me a lot of confidence with tools. I specialize in fun-shaped cutting boards and funky mirrors. I think what sets me apart from other woodworkers is that I don’t take myself too seriously. I like to experiment and make mistakes. I’m proud of myself almost everyday for learning a lot of these skills on my own and constantly seeking new knowledge in this field.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Be friendly and approachable! I hope that anyone feels like they can reach out to me for advice. Stay connected with people that have the same interests.

Contact Info:

  • Email: brandywayne@gmail.com
  • Website: www.brandywayne.com
  • Instagram: @handydandy_brandy
  • Other: @handydandybrandy -tiktok

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