Amy Devers is a designer, artist, maker-builder-carpenter-fabricator, lifestyle expert and television personality.
She’s also a lazy audiophile, mischievous prankster, adventurous eater, amateur sleuth and self-proclaimed contraptionist.
A book smarts + street smarts double threat, she’s armed with loads of both formal education and practical hands-on experience, including an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, a major stint as a chief prototype fabricator and machine shop foreman, and years as an independent designer/builder of furniture and interiors. Fluent in all manner of making and fixing things she’s versatile in wood, textiles, metal, and plastics among others, with a particular interest in unexpected materials, found objects, and sustainability. A fine artist as well as a designer, she has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums.
A mad tinkerer at heart, over the years friends have affectionately nicknamed her Schneider (the maintenance guy from One Day at a Time,) Lady MacGyver, and La Femme Makita. Her creative vocabulary has always reflected a love of reinterpreting the readymade object. “I think there is beauty in experience, and these objects are, have been experienced.” While she can definitely appreciate shiny new things, its words like repair, repurpose, and reimagine that really give her goose bumps.
She’s also made a name for herself on the small screen, demonstrating her skills and know-how as the host of several television series dealing with topics ranging from home-improvement to high-end international design and architecture. Maybe you’ve seen her constructing her original furniture designs on DIY’s Freeform Furniture, building a viewer-spec’d log cabin on DIY’s interactive series Blog Cabin, carpenter-ing her a** off on TLC’s hit Trading Spaces, or traveling the world profiling the world’s leading designers and architects on Ovation’s Designer People.
Currently she can be seen as the host and designer on A&E’s popular landscape makeover show, Fix This Yard, design/building solutions for deserving families on OWN’s Home Made Simple, and hunting and gathering the compelling and delicious stories of local food growers and cultivators on Victory Garden’s edibleFEAST on PBS.
A regular contributor to lifestyle media, she has written Hands On, an advice column for ReadyMade magazine, and Lifestyled, an advice column for Modern Ink magazine. As an international design reporter she covers design happenings of all kinds for various blogs and media outlets.
Active in the global design community, she travels the world as a speaker and judge of international furniture design competitions, is a regular guest critic and lecturer at academic institutions, and volunteers for arts-driven charities.