Hi! My name is Whitney Phippen, I’m the owner and chief mess-maker here at Art House. I’m an artist, a dreamer and a big kid at heart. That’s my family in the pic over there. You’ll come to find out were a pretty tight knit bunch. You’ll probably see my husband Luke, or any combination of the three kiddos - Ray, Forest and Rowan - hanging around the studio. Without the love and support of my tribe this dream may have never come true. I feel so grateful to be able to offer this space to the community and I want to send out a great big thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way.
(psst… here’s the part of the About Me page where I talk in third-person and it makes me sound official)
Whitney started her career in art at a young age selling painted rocks and handmade bird nests from a “craft stand” in her front yard. She grew up drawing, coloring and making things everyday and hasn’t stopped yet. In college she studied photography and graphic design as well as sewing, drawing, printmaking and book binding. From there she went on to work as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and photographer. She launched a greeting card line, followed by a custom-jewelry business and a handmade children’s clothing line. Selling her wares online and at markets across the country gave her the idea to organize a local craft fair back home in Fort Collins. In 2008 Whitney created The Handmade Militia and started organizing and promoting local markets for makers in the Denver, Boulder and Northern Colorado area. Most recently, she worked locally, planning and co-teaching, nature-based, after-school art classes and camps for kids. Working with children is something Whitney has always gravitated towards. Put her at a party with a kids’ table and you’ll find her there, folding napkins into hats, or coloring on the placemats. When she’s not busy creating something, Whitney can be found trying to figure out what to make next.