Andrew says creative hobbies help him deal with bipolar disorder
Danni Andrew has painted and designed clothing in San Juan County, New Mexico for most of his life. She started sewing at the age of 6 and painting at 14. About 25 years ago she started selling her work at art exhibitions.
At the Durango Farmers Market, Andrew sells hand-dyed clothes, repurposed “junk glam” clothes, paintings and his five self-published books on successful living with depression and bipolar disorder.
Andrew says there are four key aspects to managing depression and bipolar disorder.
“Eat well, exercise, have some form of spirituality (not necessarily a religion), and have a hobby that you enjoy — whatever it is,” she said. “Because there is so much darkness with bipolar disorder, I surround myself with so much color. I wear tie-dye every day!
Andrew must set guidelines while she creates. She sticks to a “70s with a bit of glamour” theme to keep her work focused and cohesive during manic episodes.
In the fall, Andrew plans to unveil his new collection, “Metamorphosis”. The collection symbolizes Andrew’s recent growth as an artist. For as long as she can remember, she has altered, dyed and sewn clothes. But after binge-watching the fashion design TV series ‘Project Runway’, Andrew decided it was finally time to launch a design-from-scratch clothing line.
Danni Andrew Creates can be found at the Durango Farmers Market whenever there is room for her. To contact her, visit danniandrewcreates.com.