“Working with scissors and markers, Ms. Andre’s workshop participants are creating ornaments of great beauty from cast-off plastic soda, water, shampoo, and household cleaning product containers.” – Harlem News Group, November 2013

Genevieve Andre (b. 1964) is an East Harlem-based visual artist. Andre’s mission is to offer the individual observer an opportunity to look at an object that has lived its use and see it in a whole new light. After attending Parsons School of Design, Andre worked as a fashion designer for Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Auard, Guy Laroche, Ralph Lauren, and Angel Sanchez and later segued into related fields as a freelance fashion photographer, fashion stylist, and art director. After the birth of her daughter, she became interested in the environment, realizing that all around us there is abundance and poverty. Andre saw the potential in discarded objects and started to teach children how to turn them into works of art. In 2008, Andre began working with Art for Change, a non-profit organization that employs art as a platform for its social justice work. In recent years, she has pursued her mission by offering workshops in bending, cutting, and coloring plastic bottles into ornaments to decorate the East Harlem Holiday Tree. These Winter Flowers Workshops work with a diverse community of seniors, children, and families. The Winter Flowers ornaments created in the workshops have since adorned the annual East Harlem Holiday Tree each year.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Angelique Andre