Give 'Em a HAND. . . Stand!

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.

As a Seattle youngster I worked puzzles, designed paper dolls, colored in coloring books, and wrote poetry in a lockable diary. In the sixth grade, when Mrs. Fountain read "Where The Wild Things Are," I chose my career.

For the next twenty-five years I took art, writing and storytelling classes in high school and at the University of Washington, until finally studying illustration and painting at Art Center College of Design (ACCD) in Pasadena, CA.

In 1987 I received a BFA in Painting "With Distinction' from ACCD. (click "Gallery" to see a sampling of paintings sold, and "Shop" for archival prints and original paintings available for purchase)

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, and click "Shop" for art prints and my out-of-print books)

Also in my youth, 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.

The HAND-Stands in my Shop 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 twenty-three 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! 

Now living in Spokane, WA, ever painting and sewing up more products for my Shop, I love meeting customers. Let me know what I can do for you! 

~ Pierr (like a fishing pier ;-))

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