(see also An Interview with Tracy Kane)
Ten years ago I saw my first fairy houses. Families had built them in the woods on a small island off the coast of Maine. I was captivated by partnering with nature to create these unpretentious habitats. It was the combination of ingredients an artist finds irresistible – creativity, nature … and a pinch of fairy magic!
While building my own fairy house I became a child again, completely enchanted. Did a fairy whisper something in my ear or was it the breeze that planted the idea in my mind? I carefully nurtured these thoughts, encouraging them to grow until one day they blossomed into the story FAIRY HOUSES.
In collaboration with Great White Dog Picture Company we produced the multi award-winning video, KRISTEN’S FAIRY HOUSE. Due to tight budgeting, I was asked to play myself in the video as Kristen’s aunt, who is writing and illustrating a children’s book about Fairy Houses.
To my surprise I enjoyed it immensely! (Luckily I had few speaking parts!) My favorite scene is when Kristen and I dance together celebrating the spirit of fairies. Due to the success of Kristen’s Fairy House, we continued to publish “The Fairy Houses Series.”
As we continue the Series, I find myself reminiscing my own childhood and a special place I called Fairyland, where I often went exploring. If I had known about fairy houses then, I would have built a village of them! With the success of the Fairy Houses Series, we are seeing fairy houses popping up everywhere!
Tracy Kane majored in illustration at Philadelphia College of Art. She also studied in London, England where she met her husband. After working as a commercial artist for Public Television, she now spends her time giving illustration and “fairy houses” workshops, book signings and events, working on new book concepts, and of course, illustrating and painting. She and her husband live in New Hampshire with their Maine Coon cat.