now is the time for us to make new stories 

 

Stories that laugh & sing & dance. Stories that remind us who we are & inspire us. It’s how you make a new world that works.

For everyone. No exceptions.

Here at Brian Andreas Studio, we believe that problems are solved by all of us coming up with creative solutions collectively & collaboratively. We believe that a good way to learn this is by making something of beauty, something meaningful. 

Whether you're ordering a gift for yourself or for someone special, we take the time to wrap each order and hand write a personal note. (Because we care about partnering with the planet, the paper we use is 100% recyclable and biodegradable paper.)

 

 
 
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Storytelling is...

the way we connect, the way we turn the world from a formless space that stretches in all directions into a space that holds friends, family, community, quiet moments that are the true connections between us & the world.

Stories are my way of discovering the fabric of my life, the way memory & experience weave together. The stories actually help me see things clearly. They’ve taught me as I’ve gone on to listen more carefully to the stillness inside & for me, the stillness is the place from which everything rises. I’ve found that when I find the truth of that it resonates with other people. My stories are frameworks that allow you to unfold your own story. When they work best, you are not loving the story – you’re loving the parts of you the story calls you to remember. 

About the Artist

 

I'm the artist & writer who does StoryPeople where you can find loose, bright watercolors with stories on them. REALLY short stories (I mean it. Really short. Like 20 words sometimes). 

I created Brian Andreas Studio because a lot of my work doesn't really fit under StoryPeople. I think many artists are like that.

Born in Iowa, raised in Chicago, I went to Luther College for my BA in Theater and English. Later on, after I figured out what I really wanted to do (HA!) I got my MFA in Fiber and Mixed Media from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area of California. Fibre? you say. I thought you told stories. Well, if you must know, I’d answer, my degree is in Stories As The Fibre of Human Community. (Notice how that’s all in caps because Stories are a Very Important Thing in my world.

That said, my real education came from being in the world: short order cooking at Denny’s, apprenticing with a French chef in Chicago, running operations at a high-fashion mannequin factory in L.A., doing contract archaeology in the summer heat, dabbling as a tennis pro after college, writing plays for a small theatre company in Minnesota. I speak six languages, with my favorites being the Romance languages (not surprisingly).

For me, the thousands of stories I've written are a lot like going through photo albums. They mark specific moments & ways of being in my life. Taken on their own, they are reminders of those times. When I read a group of my stories, I get a sense of where they’ve been leading me, what they’ve been wanting me to understand the whole time. That changes through time & through the addition of further stories along the way. You can find a large catalogue of those stories at StoryPeople.

This here, is my wild space. It's where you'll find the absolute most recent stories and all the other things I'm up to... I paint canvases. I sculpt wood. I write stories. I cook. I have long conversations with the people I love & much shorter conversations with people I don't. I make books - 15 so far. I devour urban fantasy on my ipad (at least, lately. I have a few non-fiction thingies I'm reading, too, but those are mainly to prove I have a broad set of interests when someone asks...)

I feel sometimes as if I walk through the world listening, always listening, for the moments when time stops, when the perfection of everything is so evident that it’s unmistakable. (It always is, but our minds are racing along so often looking for it to be another way that we miss it. But when we do stop & do see it, there’s nothing more breathtaking...)