I am a painter who has illustrated 25 children's books, and a crafter who makes a unique fabric hand jewelry display called a HAND-Stand.
When I was a kid there was a room where Dad tossed fabric samples from his interior design business. A huge pile of color and texture. I used to throw myself into the pile and lie very still, imagining myself in perfect camouflage, my skin having become one with those glorious fabrics.
These HAND-Stands came about many years later, after seeing wooden glove makers' hands, then inspired by a friend to try making one with fabric. I couldn't stop at one.
I've been making them for 23 years, using my own hand for the pattern. Each one is stitched on my 1950 Singer Featherweight, stuffed with polyfil, then weighted in the wrist to stand sturdy and delight!
* In 1987 I received a BFA in Painting 'With Distinction' from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. (click "Gallery" to see paintings)
* I'm a longtime member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI.org). My 25th illustrated picture book, "Chicken Talk Around the World," by Carole Lexa Schaefer, is now in bookstores from Little Bigfoot, a division of Sasquatch Books in Seattle. (click "Gallery" to see all 25 book covers - click "Shop" for art prints and my out-of-print books)
* Ever sewing up more products for my Shop, I love meeting customers. Let me know what I can do for you. Thanks! ~ Pierr
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