About the Artist
Born in 1957, Lenna Andrews is a mixed-media artist instructor who lives in Florida with her husband Steven Deming and their 2 dogs Asia and Chloe. Lenna loves to create and marrying Steven in 2005 (at 48 and 49 years old) has has only helped Lenna to create more art! Steven & Lenna first met in 1972 through their very good friend Garth Gibson, shown below at their wedding, next to Lenna's sister Kathy. (click for a larger photo)
Steve & Lenna were just 15 and 16 years old when they first met at Garth's house in 1972. They were friends for many years before they got married in 2005! In 1980, when they were 24, Steven, Garth, Lenna and John (her husband at the time) rented a house together.
Fast forward about twenty-five years to 2004. Steven and Lenna had not been in touch for about 5 years when Lenna decided to call Steven again. She'd recently learned from Garth that Steven was divorced! What? She immediately thought Steven might be able to offer her support for her impending divorce. Steven and Lenna falling in love was furthest from her mind when she called Steven on October 25th, 2004. She was simply calling an old friend. It certainly seems like destiny though, because their paths crossed once again right when they both really needed each other. They found they were still good friends and more of a match than they would have ever suspected. They fell in love in a very short amount of time. Today, they continue to thank their lucky stars (their wedding theme). A little more of the story is here.
In this new chapter of her life with Steven, who supports her art making profusely, you'll find Lenna continuing to teach mixed-media art classes, participating in and organizing various art exchanges and swaps, creating art for sale (or for her family & friends), working on her online sites, her on-line classes and striving to appreciate the variety of things life presents us with. A favorite quote of Lenna's is:
"True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by." ~ unknown
Lenna growing up:
As a child, Lenna was encouraged by her family to take lots of art and dance classes. Both of these activities were such a large part of her life that they truly shaped her into a creative artist. Lenna found these outlets to be a needed form of self-expression. Lenna says the modern dance classes she took, the performances she was in, plus all of the art classes she took definitely helped her to learn how to think creatively. A huge thank you goes out to her family for all their love and support.
more about the artist:
Although never trained at the University level, art and dance were always part of Lenna's week. She studied modern dance for more than thirty years and performed with two dance troupes, the Truda Kaschman Dance Ensemble and Footnotes Dance Theater. This nurtured and shaped someone who saw herself as a creative person. Lenna has continued to make art, including drawing, painting, sewing, embroidering, weaving, collage, paper arts, and creating with beads, fabric and fibers on a regular basis, all of her life.
After spending the 1980's with her first husband John Foster - making a home, raising their two sons Decklin and Dallas and operating a Jazzercise dance-fitness franchise for over 7 years, Lenna was looking to return to more creative pursuits. She was introduced to art rubberstamps in 1990 and found a renewed connection to the visual arts. She was ready to re-connect to her artistic side and art rubber stamps were just the thing that enabled that to happen!
Just four years later in 1994, Lenna began teaching fabric stamping classes at Impressive Impressions, an art rubber stamp store in Farmington, Connecticut. (since closed) Lenna had taught herself how to rubber stamp on fabric after reading an article called The Stamper's New Dress, by Ricë Freemen-Zachary in RubberStampMadness (July/Aug 1993). After reading the article, Lenna rubber stamped a length of white cotton and sewed it into a simple dress. This combined her knowledge of sewing and fabric with her new interest in art rubber stamping. She received rave reviews for the artwork on the dress and was asked immediately if she could teach her techniques! Lenna became known during the in the 1990's for fabric stamping and was featured in an article titled, It's a Fabric Thing! in the March/April 1997 issue of RubberStampMadness. Her first published piece of art was a very detailed stamped silk blouse that graced the back cover of the August/September 1995 issue of The Stamper's Sampler.
Since that time Lenna has gained a lot of experience teaching and added a variety of classes to her repertoire. She is considered by her students to be talented, kind, generous, encouraging, sharing of her materials and of her time, very organized . . . and most of all, someone who creates a fun and enjoyable class atmosphere! Read more about Lenna's classes here.
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"I have so enjoyed, and learned so much from the nature stamping technique—all has been so naturally beautiful --so effortlessly available - I can't believe I have not taken advantage of something so 'there' for me. Lenna, I am really going to miss this class when all is over. I chose your class because you offered so many techniques in one session. It is rare a teacher takes on such a task : ) I thank you.
May all be well, Sarah" 10/18/07
"I wanted to thank you for you help and encouragement in this class. I really enjoyed reading and trying some of the suggestions. I have all the supplies I need to play and the instructions. I will continue creating fiber projects thanks to you . . . %^) Take care, Kathleen" 2/13/07
". . . Back to the course - I'm so unbelievably sad
that it is coming to an
end - and the fabric course only has 2 more lessons. I feel that you
have really opened my eyes creatively and have started a process that
won't end when the course does :-) . . . " Claire from the UK 3/22/07
"Class was so much fun yesterday. I loved the three altered book techniques, and the (painted) purse class, although scary at first, was wonderful. You are so talented and I am so grateful to be one of your students. Love, Roma" 3/28/04
"I loved, loved the class and can't wait to finish my book and make more! Everyone loved the classes Lenna, and you did a great job as a teacher, but more importantly as an inspiring force. That's always what I need and I am sure others feel the same. It was a great day!" ~ Denise Morrison, owner of Kooka-licious, Cheshire, CT 8/8/05
"Thank you, Lenna, for a very informative, fun class. We'd love for you to teach here again!" Becky Sunderman, Dyehard Yahoo Group Classroom 2/13/07
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Since 1995, Lenna has been published many times for her art and articles in both magazines and books. You'll find Lenna's art on the front cover of the May/June 2005 issue of Expression Magazine (House of Cards - Artist Trading Cards). One of Lenna's silk scarves made the front cover and also the inside of this 2004 book: New Techniques for Wearable Art. Additionally, one of Lenna's Fabric books landed on the back cover of this book in 2005: The Art of Fabric Books, with more examples of her work published on the inside. View more by going to Lenna's Published Work page.
Thanks to her son Decklin, Lenna has been actively on-line since 1995. She feels very fortunate to have had the expertise of her oldest son when creating her first website back in 1996. Decklin created this site for his mom at the young age of 14! He taught his mom enough HTML so that she herself could continue editing her website. Decklin also introduced his mom to the internet and email. Lenna connected with many people and made new friends involved with art. Lenna has been very blessed to have met in person many artist friends whom she originally knew only via on-line correspondence! Thanks to Decklin for all his help in opening up this new resource for his Mom.
Lenna's family always has been and still is, very supportive of her artwork which could be in part attributed to the fact that there are accomplished artists in her own family! William Glackens (1870-1938) is Lenna's Great Uncle. He was an American Impressionist painter at the turn of the century and is considered one the most influential artists in the history of American Art. Lenna is named after William Glacken's daughter Lenna Glackens. There is a separate page devoted to information about and the art of Lenna's Great Uncle: William Glackens.
a quote for you:
Lenna's most loved quotes also have a separate page on this website because she has collected them for so many years! Here's a favorite:
"Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion."
- Martha Graham
We hope you enjoy the creative lenna website!
Please email me if you have any comments or questions ~Lenna