Meet Abby! She’s helping out with our Outreach Program until May 2022. We sat down for a quick Q+A to get to know her a little better.
Where are you from, and what brings you to St. Louis?
I just moved here from San Antonio, Texas, to go get my master’s in Art Therapy Counseling from SIUE.
What’s your favorite thing to craft?
I like to make polymer clay earrings, embroider, and paint. I like to play with textures and try to play with random abstract patterns to see what works together. I mostly use acrylic paint and I love collage materials, fabrics, receipts, and other found objects.
Why were you interested in doing your practicum at Perennial?
I am interested in building community through art and I love the mission of reuse! During undergrad at Texas State, I started the first all-inclusive art organization centered around building community through art.
What do you hope to do with your art therapy experience?
I’d like to have a community art bus — a mobile art studio — so I can connect with different social agencies and community centers to connect people with art from where they’re at.
What recent project are you most proud of completing?
I refurbished all the furniture for our new house!
Give us three fun facts about yourself!
- I sell polymer clay earrings on Etsy! https://www.etsy.com/shop/froandco
- Most of my clothes, probably 90%, are thrifted.
- My favorite treats are ice cream and coffee.