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Made in Maine, Scandinavian-Inspired Print and Pattern, Designed and Handmade For Every Day Use in the Home. Created in late 2011, Lilleputt is the creative studio of Annika Schmidt.


the little island in my history.

Annika Schmidt

Preparing to give a talk about my work is taking me much longer than I thought…. but that could also be because I’m having a lot of fun doing it.  Skimming through old sketch books, and pulling up my harddrive to retrieve old photos… and thinking about why I’ve made the things I’ve made and why I do what I do… It’s been a fruitful venture.  And I think where I am with my work is a direct result from the time I spent in Sweden, as it moved me away from what I was comfortable with and into new fields.  If I had gone directly to art school here in the US, I likely would have gone into painting, or architecture. And I do not think I would have been happy in either of those.  So, accordingly, my brief intro begins there (on Öland; see the map in my post, “bright and early.”), and since I have been collecting images for the presentation, I thought I might as well share them here too.  It really is such a beautiful place.

And then to show a bit of the classroom setting, as well as the variety of mediums explored there (figure painting and sculpting, printmaking, silkscreening, sculpture, color theory, photography, design and so on…).  Changing subjects every week, I don’t have much finished work to show, but it was enough to get your toes wet and keep your mind working creatively.