Thursday, October 21, 2010

Artist Interview: Fairytale Incorporated

What is your name: Fairytale Incorporated

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: Formally self taught inside an art education degree.

What is the style of your pieces:  Fairytale wishes and dreams.

What is the medium in which you work: Sewing machines, fabrics, clays and kilns. 

What started you on your path as an artist: My heart.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: Freedom to be me.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: Photography and printmaking

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like:  I love to display my work and share beauty with others.

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: Art is a 24/7 event.  What's on the body for the time is on for the making of art.

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? Not being seen.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: Roasted garlic sourdough toasted with tomato, lettuce, mayo and cheddar...LOVE!

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they:   I started to design dresses that I will debut at the One of a Kind in Chicago. The Bo Peep is my first shot at it and I love her!  So excited! ! !  And the Stack of cake Plates...delicious enough to eat.

 Who is your favorite artist alive or dead:  Andy Warhol when he was alive..and more importantly what he has left behind...he knew that what he was doing would matter in a 100 years.  Love his museum in Pittsburgh.  Could spend hours in there.  

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: 
The Mona was much smaller than I had imagined. 

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: Just squirrels who visit me in my studio (100 year old barn).  It was theirs before I moved in...they keep coming back, so I think they like it.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: One of a Kind Chicago

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A peek inside...and out of Fairytale Incorporated

Here's  a peek inside and out...of Fairytale Incorporated 

In a one hundred year old barn perched upon a sand dune in Saugatuck Michigan, there you will find Fairytale Incorporated. 
Three years ago, several people wanted to tear down this lovely creature. And from the sight of might agree!

But with the hard work and determination of craftsmen Dave Scholten Custom Remodeling and Dave Ciolek Barn Restoration this barn found a new beginning.

Believe it or not, much of the existing wood and flooring was saved.    And any replacement wood needed was obtained by other barns that were being dismantled.  So. it's safe to say no other barns were harmed in the re-making of this barn!

It took one long, but thankfully mild winter to hand crank this barn into shape.

The hole in the roof was the size of a tree. As a matter of fact, there was a tree growing in the roof.

After deciding to keep the outside in it's original condition. The artistic craftsmen insulated the walls and lined them with corrugated steel. A great touch that aligns the present with the past.
Today, the barn serves as a studio for the creations of Fairytale Incorporated.  Housed with sewing machines, fabrics, kilns and clays.   From the newest creation Bo Peep dresses, to Secret Recipe Boxes, fit for a Queen of course and Hand Bakes Cake Plates delicious enough to eat, something new gets created everyday.

The celebration of the re-birth of this barn was truly the beginning of the fairytale. No one thought the barn could be saved, but when you wish upon a star, anything is possible.


  1. Wow!!! Thanks for creating an opportunity of "being seen"!


  2. Wonderful interview! So nice to learn a bit more about you (favorite sandwich, etc.)! Congrats on this opportunity and hope it opens more doors for you!

  3. Treasures inside your treasure box. Lovely

  4. INSPIRED! the barn, the art, the sandwich, the artist who starts her path from her heart... like i said--- INSPIRED!