My childhood was greatly colored and created by my agoraphobic godmother (maternal aunt) that co-raised me with my working mother. Unlike my mother, who worked as a waitress at K&B, my aunt was unable to leave the house due to her mental illness. What could have been a catastrophic environment, instead was turned into a world of magical realism. So colorful was my childhood, that it took me until the age of seven before I even realized that she was terrified to leave the house. My entire childhood was filled with her daily magical creations such as baby birds leaving Juicy Fruit gum at the windowsill and a child named Toots that lived in the huge pear tree outside our side door. Life was filled with magic and wonder. It's with the a mixture of my own childhood memories, Catholic references, Cajun folklore and a sprinkle of New Orleans Voodoo, I've created Tiny, Little Fables.
The technique I think best translates these stories are made with handmade papers, handmade paper overlay, found imagery, collage elements, embroidery and hand stitched gold embellishments. The encircled eye, always symbolizes the enchanted people and creatures that live among us.