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I was born in Munich, Germany and raised there for half of my life.
I also returned to Germany years later and was an exchange student there for six months.
My years in Germany have influenced mostly my love of plushies, because although they are well hidden there are many plushies in Germany. Most of them are of hedgehogs! Which is one of the reasons I love hedgehogs.
While in America I learned the love of Squirrels. Where I live they are everywhere! Everywhere. And that is why my shop is called "Squirrel Parade". After it is called AikoKzanu, which is a name my friend gave me many years ago that I still use years later.

The style of art that I lost the most is tempera resist, which is what I use mostly. Tempera resist can be time consuming though, and quite messy. So most of the tempera resists I make are large. That is also why…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 18
  • Joined February 19, 2011

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Tempera, Gesso, Fabric, Ink, Cardboard, Acrylic, masking tape

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About

I was born in Munich, Germany and raised there for half of my life.
I also returned to Germany years later and was an exchange student there for six months.
My years in Germany have influenced mostly my love of plushies, because although they are well hidden there are many plushies in Germany. Most of them are of hedgehogs! Which is one of the reasons I love hedgehogs.
While in America I learned the love of Squirrels. Where I live they are everywhere! Everywhere. And that is why my shop is called "Squirrel Parade". After it is called AikoKzanu, which is a name my friend gave me many years ago that I still use years later.

The style of art that I lost the most is tempera resist, which is what I use mostly. Tempera resist can be time consuming though, and quite messy. So most of the tempera resists I make are large. That is also why there aren't very many of them.
My second favorite thing to use in art in contour line, it's fun and delicate all at the same time. It also makes the most amazing impressions. Impressions that I'm still yet discovering with each new piece that I am making!

So far I have taken art in every grade that I have been in, and always done well. One of my pieces won a Gold Key at the Scholastic awards in Syracuse, N.Y., another a Silver Key, and then in Senior year my senior portfolio received an honorable mention. Other then that one of my pieces, "Fastened in Tale" was featured in the Court House art show down in my home town and another one of my pieces, a watercolor, is part of a permanent collection at Constable Hall in New York.

My art career won't stop after this though, I'm going to continue studying and making art for the rest of my life. Especially since I'm minoring in art in college, and might change it to a major so I can double major in art and language.

I'm a "one-woman-'operation' " who makes everything by hand only.
No copying others work.
No sewing machine.

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