Andi’s people

Craft & Design

Anne Schroeder’s high school math class doodles have turned into a whole host of new characters – Andi’s People.

Andi’s People were born during my sophomore year of high school, geometry class, to be exact. Their legs grew longer, their smiles, bigger, and their personality, more endearing.

When I moved to Hawaii after college, my boy with flip-flops and an aloha shirt adorned the front of a ‘mahalo’ note sent back home to family and friends in Boston.

Throughout a career in the hotel/travel industry, Andi’s People stayed, for the most part suppressed in the rear of my imagination, taken out for fleeting glimpses including a meeting with Nick Ashley of “Laura Ashley” in London.

Now I have three children and a husband. At a mom’s creative night at my daughter’s preschool, Berrybrook, in 2000, I felt an uncontrollable urge to create … and an Andi’s People girl holding a giant sunflower emerged. That was the beginning.

Anne now has a line of over 60 original designs for cards and other paper goods.

What have the people of your imagination done for you lately? Do you have books of doodles, drawings or paintings that could come to life and become something public and tangible? Have you tried to fabricate your dreams and personal imagery? Add your comments below, and add your photos and video to the Make Flickr pool.

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