She's back . . . yes, this month's site artist is none other than @GinkgoWerkstatt, aka Anne Lindemann. Anne loaded me up with site art about a year ago (for which I am eternally grateful), and I am gradually releasing it to the site as it fits with the month or season at hand.
I thought this very finely executed needlepoint banner and backdrop by Anne (pictured below) were a perfect fit for March - a month that, at least here in St. Louis, teeters precariously between winter and spring. The various shades of brown in this set remind me of a snow-thawed winter landscape, just waiting to erupt into spring greens! And, even in their muted hues, the darling birds and piped flowers suggest that warmer days will soon be on their way. (One can at least hope, right?!)
Regardless of its seasonal relevance, Anne's set is gorgeously executed in colors that mesh extremely well with our site graphics. So much so that I had no justification for holding it in my to-be-posted folder any longer!
Since Anne is a serial site artist, I've already conducted an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview with her, which you can read here. And, of course, you can get immediately acquainted with Anne by checking out her bio below!
Anne Lindemann, aka @GinkgoWerkstatt harks from the north of Germany near the Baltic Sea, and started cookie decorating relatively recently in 2016. She always said she would never do something like cookie decorating, as it is too time-consuming for a few bites, but here she is enjoying and sharing her love for the craft! Anne learned cookie decorating mostly on her own with the help of internet tutorials and videos, and primarily works with royal icing.
Anne decorates every now and then to surprise people with gifts for parties, birthdays, or special events. She also enters competitions on occasion to have her work judged and to learn what she can do to improve. As a graphic designer by profession, Anne especially has fun planning and creating sets based on certain designs or themes.
Anne does not sell her cookies, as Germany is very strict with food-related businesses, and she does not teach. Though she might like to give these things a try in the future, cookie decoration is still a niche in Germany, and, for now, she is happy doing simple tutorials every so often with the hope of inspiring others to give royal icing a try.
Photo credits: GinkgoWerkstatt
An important reminder: I've already got site art slated through June 2019, but I am actively seeking contributions for July through December 2019. So, unless you want to see my cookies all over the site for the entire second half of the year (I know, I sure don't!), then I urge you to consider submitting your material. Our submission guidelines can be found here. (They're pretty straightforward, but, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.) All contributors will get their work featured prominently in the site's banner and background for a full month, plus the added PR benefits of a forum post like this one and a Cookier Close-up interview! Woo hoo!