For the past 17 years, soft sculpture artist Andrea Coonick has been creating unique, refreshing, feel-good accessories for enhancing the home environment. Products are produced from her cozy little studio in beautiful upstate New York.
As a fifth generation seamstress with a strong passion for fabrics, there was never a question that Andrea would cut out a career in textile art. From her earliest teachings by her grandmother and mother to her education from the Colorado Institute of Art, all of Andrea’s talents were carried into the world of apparel and the many uses of patterns, fabrics and accessories.
Andrea discovered her passionate focus through interior design and the need for design elements for a cheerful yet relaxing home habitat. In discussing her creations Andrea says, "I began to experiment with unusual shapes, colors and textures. With my natural eye for color, flow and balance, along with my passion for textiles, I began producing an amazing mix of soft sculpture pillows. I feel a colorful and cozy environment is the key to living well.”
Andrea’s decorative pillows are a form of soft sculpture. Each pillow is handcrafted by Andrea and formed through her own passions, visions, and imagination. The fabrics are colorful velvets, raw silks and rayon-silk brocades. Embellishments sometimes include carefully chosen fringe, cording, and custom hand-bead embroidery. Hand stuffed forms accommodate the unusual, whimsical shapes and styles. “They are bright, colorful soft sculpture pillows that make for happy spaces. “When something's handmade and there is passion, energy and attention paid to each piece, you get originality and quality you can't find in mass-produced products,” stated Andrea.
The calming attributes of the entire Candi Andi line of luxurious home spa/therapeutic products, including Sleep Masks, Eye Pillows, Neck Wraps, Heating Pads, and the Keyboard Wrist Relax, make for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Andrea's desirable soft sculpture products create high interest. First selling at local craft shows and art festivals, Candi Andi creations have now spread to high end resorts, spas, and retail locations across 45 states and into Europe.
Having empathy for the struggles and tribulations of ‘stay at home’ and single moms, Andrea exclusively hires ‘stay at home’ and single moms as her seamstresses. Andrea also strives for zero waste and maintaining an Eco-friendly work environment. Pillows are filled with an all-natural mix of lavender blossoms and flax seed or lavender blossoms and buckwheat hulls. When possible, orders are shipped in reused/recycled boxes, unused fabric is donated to non-profit sewing circles, and any recyclable products are recycled via the Broome County recycling program.
Andrea and husband/business partner Joseph welcomed their first child into the world with the birth of their daughter in 2009. Their family also includes a rescued Greyhound named Gunther, a rescued Italian Greyhound named Vinnie, and two rescued cats named Twiggy and Maceo.