All photos from Dee Gann.
Each Saturday I focus on a different artist that I admire. From potters to painters, chefs to collectors, seamstress to songwriters, lifestyle to lovers... anyone who set the paintbrush, pastry brush, hands and heart on fire to create.
Those who inspire art to flow where it may.
Dee Gann's handmade Santas...
Most of Dee's Santas are created with old found treasures and fabrics from the antique and flea markets.
One of Dee's favorite saying is: "Santa reminds us to think with our heart."
Dee wrote, "My dad owned an Antique store and as a child, I loved watching him do his "magic" turning "one man's trash into another man's treasure". Antiquing is in my blood and I wouldn't be making Santa's if I didn't love to SHOP!"
Dee continues, "I knew this was my destiny when I got a call from Better Homes and Gardens in 1990 about doing a profile on my me. The first thing the editor said to me was, "We received your letter and your timing was perfect." Little did she know that when I mailed that letter I silently prayed, "Lord please let my timing be right". I knew then that I had God's blessing and that has made me feel that my job holds a certain responsibility."
Several issues later of being in Better Homes and Gardens Dee's business grew quickly. From that, she received offers and worked with four companies who reproduced her work.
Dee's Santas have been featured in many magazines and online. Dee's Santa come in varying sizes and can be custom made to the size you want.
No two Santa are alike, each is a handmade unique piece.
Dee says, "What I love about my job are the sweet compliments from people about how I have brought them joy, or how a certain embellishment has provoked a wonderful memory to surface."