Lindsay Criswell is a daughter, a big sister, a wife, a friend, a mother of three young boys, and the owner of Branch and Stone Studio.
Lindsay’s boys inspired her studio and blog. Her oldest shares her love of art and writing. Her middle child can be found with his head in a book and is on the Autism Spectrum. While her youngest child was born medically complex and is diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech, it does not stop him from keeping everyone on their “toes” while talking their “ears off.” He also loves to get messy and creative in the studio.
As a visual artist, instructor, writer, illustrator, advocate, business owner and now a cancer survivor, Lindsay’s mission is to share knowledge, encouragement, and love. Fueled by much faith in God, a hubby she can count on, and ample amounts of coffee. Lindsay balances the time challenges of family and running Branch and Stone Studio, a creative haven, and blog for all ages and abilities where everyone is celebrated.
Lindsay also partners with the local Board of Developmental Disabilities, and many local schools to help bring awareness, support, and art. She currently runs a support group where parents of children with additional needs receive resources and an opportunity to share struggles while their children including siblings get to create art. She has headed numerous large events for caregivers and families with different themes and purposes.
Lindsay released a children’s book she authored and illustrated for young elementary students in 2022. She is currently working on a middle-grade novel. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve her family, friends, community, and readers while doing what she loves. Lindsay hopes to make a larger impact outside of her local community while continuing to help locally.
There are so many benefits of creating art. My Studio offers individual and group sessions that cater to fostering communication, motor skills, self-expression, problem solving, and social activities. Branch and Studio is a creative haven where all ages and abilities are celebrated. The physical studio is located inside Stitch and Skien.
I share art making, ideas for home art projects, Parenting goals, information on autism, and more. I live joyfully because of faith, love, creativity, coffee, and humor. I am not always right, but when I have figured something out I like to share it. Hey, maybe it will save you some time and irritation if you just learn from my mess making in art or life!
My aim is to spread hope, love, laughter, and joy through creative outlets specifically art making, instructing, and writing. Whether it is through art or writing my goal is to make positive impacts for families and communities everywhere. I am succeeding if others are inspired to see their own value and creativity and/or someone else's.