Woodruff Designs is a family owned business. Through this site we help promote our art and educational programs. For more information about us read our bios below!
Artist & Founder, Tom Woodruff
I have been fascinated with the creative process since I was a kid. I’ve explored many mediums and have made a career of some. As a Children’s Book Illustrator, Storyteller and Teaching Artist, I’ve been delighted to share my love for Michigan and our amazing Great Lakes Region, with students and teachers in hundreds of schools, libraries and conferences throughout the State.
For the past thirty-five years, my Great Lakes Illustration Workshops have engaged students of all ages in challenging and fun, curriculum-based drawing projects. Through storytelling and step-by-step instructions, we’ve explored the abundant natural resources of our region and how they have shaped our human history.
In my Workshops and Classes, I share drawing techniques and story, contributing to my student’s personal art and observation skills. My goal is to broaden their awareness of, and respect for their natural and societal surroundings. The drawings we create together illustrate the story, document the journey and empower each student to appreciate and celebrate their own unique style.
Just recently, my daughter and I have combined both of our artistic abilities with her computer skills. She has built this website to help get me more up-to-date in this new age. There is more about her below.
Artist, Lydia Woodruff
Founder of Unity in Art
I have been creating art since I was in diapers! Both my mother and father have had a major influence on my art. Growing up I was a perfectionist until my dad ripped the eraser off my pencil. He said, “Turn your mistakes into something unique. Be different,” and just look at me now! I am an abstract mixed medium artist. I work with my father on different commissioned stained glass pieces, and help with web design and product design. On my art, I work mainly with pen and ink, acrylic, stained glass, and metal. I re-purpose what others might call ‘junk’ into creative metal sculptures, and whimsical decorations. A lot of my art has a much deeper meaning to it, it is my way of having a voice, and speaking out through my art! It is also my form of mediation, and reflection.
While my father works in schools with kids, I have taken a different approach. Through my travels I have found that creativity brings people together, whether it be painting, music, dance, or food, it is all a form of self-expression. The art of my travels focuses on bringing people of all different cultures, races, ages, social classes, etc.. together through art! We splatter paint on worn cardboard, and stomp on paint tubes, and come together as one creative consciousness. Creativity today is not nurtured as it once was, so what I do, like my father, is create art with strangers all over the country and I LOVE IT! We work on community murals, gardens, school tile-projects, and even just dancing! I gather their stories, and learn their roots and what makes them unique. I realize that we are all a part of something bigger, and what connects us at our roots is ART in whatever form it might be. With the art we’ve created, and their stories I hope to create a blog, or one giant collaborative mural to show the Unity in Art! And, that’s exactly what I will call it, UNITYinART.
I am so thankful to be helping my dad out with this new website, because he is a legend and has influenced so many thousands of lives with his abilities! I hope to be like him, and share his art with others, as well as my own twist to it. I read an article once that said a true millionaire is one who has influenced, or changed a million lives… it has nothing to do with your wealth. That is my dad. He is such a knowledgeable, and giving man and I wish that his legacy will live on generations to come. This website is just the start!