About the designer
Hi! My name is Margie Tillman Ayres, owner of Margie and the Moon, a children's art and pattern design studio here in New Orleans, LA. I am mommy to two very sweet little boys and am married to a very sweet man. We share a shotgun house with our hound dog B.B.
In my work, I strive to find magic in the ordinary. My collection of vibrant patterns and illustrations are meant for children, their grown-ups and the playful at heart.
I grew up on the Mississippi River swinging from vines on camping trips with my dad and fishing for catfish and trout with my brother. I spent hours staring in awe at the swirling water of the Mississippi River, the webbed branches of oak trees and the Kodachrome colors of the wildflowers in the hills surrounding Natchez, MS.
I later moved a little farther down the river to my adopted city of New Orleans, LA where my artwork is inspired by its vivid colors and extraordinary culture. I'm still mesmerized by the rhythm of the patterns I find in the flora and fauna of Louisiana. My work is heavily informed by the wild and boundless imagination of my two boys, the psychology of color, and the endurance of the human spirit.
I work as the Coordinator and Manager of the Kids Tent for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation festivals where I get to dream up crafts like alligator castanets and red beans and rice paper collages. Each festival that I work, without fail, my heart and mind are cracked open by the art and creativity of the kids that visit the tent.
I am a former painter and sculptor for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. My favorite project during my time with the NOJHF by far was painting the backdrop for the Kids Tent and sculpting and painting a giant pink cupcake that hovers over the food booths in the Kids Area.
B.A. Tulane University
B.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design
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