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The Artist: Andrea Geer Handy grew up surrounded by farms with her two sisters in Hornby, New York. Everyone in her family knew early on that she would be an artist. She earned an MFA in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a teaching certification from Nazareth College. Geer takes inspiration from the bold vision of artists like Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko.
The Craft: Geer combines digital media, paintings, prints and photographs to make the artwork that gets printed on the fabric. To her, experimentation is an important part of the process and the layering of techniques is playful and random at times. “I balance the beauty of the hands-on techniques with ideas that have become easier to execute digitally,” she says. Once the designs are created, she constructs the clothing in her studio in Rochester, New York, alongside her team. Geer says that design is a collaborative effort, and that she is very grateful to all the people who are part of this process.
The Quest: Geer believes that the continually changing technologies present new possibilities in fashion and wearables. She enjoys learning about different techniques, such as photography and jewelry making, and incorporating them with digital media. “The more I experiment outside my medium, the better I am able to articulate my ideas and the more creative I can be. Nothing is really off limits."