Andra Stanton, Nonfiction Art Author, Novelist, and Textile Artist
Andra Stanton writes nonfiction books about new or unusual art forms, novels that entertain but also make you think, and she’s a textile artist whose work has won competitions and been exhibited all over the US.
All of Andra’s work start from her two loves: the idea that each of us has a story that helps us understand what makes us tick and lends our lives meaning, redemption, and grace; and her fascination with magic and fantasy that she’s nurtured since childhood. Magical ideas helped her get through a difficult childhood – they’re the ultimate escape.
But Andra also believes in the presence of magic in everyday life, if only we are open to it.
Have you ever experienced a wedge of geese flying so low overhead that you could hear the soft whooshing of their wings? Or the way new snow sparkles in the sunlight? The perfect shape of a cat’s nose? To Andra, these are the very definition of magic.
Starting out as a biological anthropologist (her idol was Jane Goodall), Andra studied spider monkeys in Guatemala for a short period before realizing she was not cut out for life “in the wild.” She then pursued a career in individual- and couples-psychotherapy until she retired after twenty-five years due to failed spinal surgery and chronic pain. From there, she reinvented herself as both a writer and textile artist with a specialty in fabric sculpture.
Since then, she has authored four nonfiction books, including How Art Heals (Schiffer 2021); Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists (Schiffer 2019), Zapotec Weavers of Teotitlan (Museum of New Mexico Press 2009), and Pilates for Fragile Backs (New Harbinger Press 2016). She is currently writing another art book about Japanese paper yarn, to be published by Schiffer in 2024.
Additionally, Andra has completed her first novel, The Garden’s Plot and is hoping to find representation through an agent or publisher. The story revolves around a young woman in an abusive marriage who seeks to escape and discover her authentic self. What makes her particularly interesting to readers is the fact that she’s always had a touch of supernatural abilities, and these connect her in a special way to her garden’s plants.
Besides writing and working in her art studio, Andra has been an active member of the arts, both locally and internationally. For example, she has served as a juror for several textile art exhibitions, including “Beyond the Mirror,” “Eye of the Needle,” and “Humorus” through Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Her art books are meant as a celebration of artists and art enthusiasts; she sees herself as a champion of little known but exceptional artists.
Front Range Contemporary Quilters
Hand Weavers Guild of Boulder
Juried Exhibitions and Gallery Shows
Salann Magazine 4th Edition, Colorado (online)
Solo 2022, Bifarin Exhibizone, Ontario Canada (online)
Vessel, The Dairy Arts Center of Boulder, Boulder CO
Nocturnal, Main Street Gallery, Lyons, CO
Face of Fiber in the Rockies, Estes Park CO WINNER: Judges Award
GOLDEN: 50 and Over, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach CA
Sacred Threads, Fairfax VA
Earth 2022, Bifarin Exhibizone, Ontario Canada (online)
Art of Possibilities, Minneapolis, MN
Connection, Art Fluent, Sandwich MA (online)
Connectivity, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
Pets 2021,Bifarin Exhibizone, Ontario Canada (online)
Art Heals, First United Methodist Church, Boulder CO
Textile/Fiber Fine Art,R Gallery, Boulder CO
Artistonish Magazine (online)
Textile/Fiber Fine Art, R Gallery, Boulder CO
Of the Earth, Art Fluent, Sandwich MA
Negative Space, R Gallery, Boulder CO
TSGNY 2021 Members 30th Gallery
DIVERSIA: EARTH 2021, Bifarin Exhibizone, Ontario Canada (online)
Identity, Art Fluent, Sandwich MA
Circles and Squares, R Gallery, Boulder CO
Portfolio 2020: Best of 2019, Front Range Contemporary Quilters (online exhibition) Boulder CO
Celebration of Art 2020, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA
Animalia, R Gallery, Boulder CO,
Miniatures, R Gallery, Boulder CO
Energaeia, R Gallery, Boulder CO
Fresh Art 2019, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA
Small and Smaller, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Genesis; Dab Art, Ventura CA
Craft Hilton Head; Art League of Hilton Head; Hilton Head Island, SC
Evolving Perceptions, Foothills Art Gallery, Golden, CO
Textile Study Group New York, Portfolio (online)
Boundaries, The Collective, Lafayette CO
Beginnings, The Muse, Lafayette CO
Amuses Yeux, Foothills Art Gallery, Golden CO
Reflections, Red Rock Community College, Lakewood CO
Contrast, Parker Arts and Cultural Event Center Parker CO
Wax Stories, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver CO
3D, Bricolage Gallery, Boulder CO
Spun, NEST Arts Factory Gallery Bridgeport CT
Art as Medicine, The Boulder Dairy Arts Center, FIRST PLACE WINNER
Front Range Contemporary Quilters
Handweavers Guild of Boulder
Studio Art Quilters Association
Foothills Art Center
Textile Study Group of New York
Evergreen Arts Center
Bolder Textile Artists
Women’s Fiction Writers Association
Romance Writers of America
Lighthouse Writers Group
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers