Anita Allen

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Anita Allen is a woman of many talents, perhaps best known for her work as a craftsman level costume designer and as an assistant publisher for Mythic Delirium and assistant editor for the anthology series Clockwork Phoenix, both of which she does with her amazing hubbie Mike Allen. Art in some form or another has always been a part of her life and plays into her professional training as a horticulturist. She views landscape design as “Crayola coloring for big kids” as the plant arrangements require visualizing at every life stage and season to create a living, changing, three-dimensional work of art. Her experiences in this field have led to her involvement in drawing botanical illustrations of fantasy plants for Catherynne M. Valente’s Mythopoeic Award-winning duology The Orphan’s Tales. She also created the “Honey Corset,” made from the pages of a special edition of Nebula Award-nominee Amal El-Mohtar’s critically-acclaimed collection The Honey Month. The “Honey Corset” has since been featured on the Interstitial Arts Foundation website. Suffice to say, Anita is always creating something, whether a new painting, landscape or costume. The best part is she loves showing others how to do the same.