It was a big weekend for the University of Michigan. In case you haven’t heard, the basketball team played in the NCAA Division 1 Final Four and National Championship for the first time in twenty years. Perhaps with less national pomp and circumstance, but no less worthy, is the celebration of the re-naming of the School of Art & Design to Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
Penny Stamps and her husband E. Roe Stamps have been instrumental in positioning the school to become a national leader in art and design education. Their generosity is particularly poignant to our own Heather Leavitt, Sweet Heather Anne‘s owner and head decorator. Heather not only is a graduate of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, she also was a Stamps Scholar. Much thanks to the leadership and generosity of Penny Stamps, Heather’s time at the University of Michigan sculpted who she is as an artist today, laying the foundation for Sweet Heather Anne‘s signature artistry.
In celebration of the re-naming Heather created a cake (and accompanying cookies and macarons) to commemorate Penny Stamp’s enormous impact on the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
“Creating this cake was such an honor. When I was in art school, my thesis involved creating cakes as edible monuments to local farmers and food producers. Now that I am a local food producer, it was amazing to have the opportunity to create an edible monument to Penny Stamps and the art school. I feel like I’ve really come full circle. It was awesome to see all of my Professors, and celebrate Penny, and everything she has done for the school and the arts. ” -Heather
Many thank to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous images above.
Edible Monument to Tantre Farm, part of Heather’s thesis project at the Stamps School of Art and Design in 2007.