Now, let’s hear from two of Art Collective’s local artists about their work and how they are re-inventing things post-pandemic. Deana Whitaker of Six Gables Original, and Lindsay Anderson of Lindsay Elizabeth Art.
Deana Whitaker Greenberg of Six Gables Originals
I started sewing at the age of six, when Santa brought me a weird little sewing machine that used a glue cartridge instead of thread. In my senior year of high school, already admitted to college and looking to take it easy, I took a clothing construction class. I was motivated by a desire to always have pockets in my clothes--so ahead of my time!--but quickly became addicted to textiles in general. I love the colors, the textures, the quirks of how different fabrics behave. I love to solve the puzzle of how a garment should fit together. When I work with vintage linens or a pile of flannel shirts, I lose track of time as I work out how to best use the original textile to create a new garment. It’s a delight to me to see a finished product and know that it sprang from MY head.
Sure, okay, but what about the monsters? I’ve been making NomNom Bags since 2008, at first just a few a year, but even as my output has gone way up, I still love each one. The moment of “birth,” when I turn the bag right-side-out, is a surprise each time. I can pick the colors, of course, decide how many teeth, but each monster gets its own personality in its own way. After I turn the bag and see who I’ve got, I pick the name card to best suit that monster. Naming the monsters and listing their favorite foods and activities takes as long as the sewing, but is integral to the fun of the bag. I love to see how my silly creatures delight children, but it’s especially great to see an adult find a NomNom Monster that speaks to them.
You can follow me on Instagram @DeanaSews for photos of new releases, my adorable cats, and the occasional hiking photo. I’m on Facebook as Six Gables Originals (but terrible at remembering to post there). And soon, I SWEAR, I’ll be at sixgables.com, posting about new projects. Maybe in July I’ll REcommit to actually starting that blog...
Lindsay Anderson of Lindsay Elizabeth Art
Hello Art Lovers, I’m Lindsay Elizabeth (Anderson). I am most definitely RE-inventing my productivity as an artist this year. With a one year old, a four year old, and hybrid teaching, my paintbrushes have been collecting dust. Just recently, I’ve made time to create. It’s so important that I SCHEDULE it (in ink) or it won’t happen.
I was born and raised in Frederick, MD and fell in love with creating at an early age. I pursued the dream of becoming an artist and connecting with others through creativity when I began my master’s degree in K-12 art education back in 2009 . Soon after graduating, I began teaching Visual Art at Windsor Knolls Middle School in Frederick County and never looked back. Going on twelve years, a few different schools, and incredible experiences that I couldn’t have imagined, my career evolved into becoming a working artist and educator. Honestly, I wouldn’t change either profession for the world and can’t even imagine one without the other. I love sharing art processes, techniques, and styles with others as much as I love creating the work itself. I currently teach Art, Drawing & Painting, Sculpture, and Ceramics at Frederick High School. Having spent ten years at the middle school level and loving every minute, I have found my true home working with high school artists.
As a local artist, my work continues to evolve with every collection. I am constantly redefining my creative process and experimenting with unique representations of my favorite subject matter. The delicate jellyfish, vibrant florals, and crashing waves that I often paint are truly joyful and therapeutic. The occasional unrealistic color combinations inspired by trending color palettes and detailed dancing lines are characteristic of my style. Mark-making with paint is part of the creation process I find incredibly fascinating so be sure to look close. Every mark, every layer, and every “oops” is intentional.
For me, creative success is when my artwork has connected with someone in such a way that they find the perfect spot in their home to hang it. I hope that the chosen painting colorfully compliments that perfect piece of furniture, becomes the perfect statement piece to start a conversation, adds some vibrant color to a gallery wall, or simply styles that cozy corner bookshelf.
I sincerely enjoy getting to know my collectors, so please reach out! You can find me on Instagram @LindsayElizabethArt and on my website at www.LindsayElizabethArt.com. If you’d like to take a glimpse into my life as a high school art teacher and see the talent I get to work with every single day, you can follow me on Twitter @ArtfulAnderson #FrederickHighArt.