Hi! My name is Bernadette. I’m an illustrator and designer born and raised in New York. My passion for making things all started with an eye patch and a terrible speech impediment. I also had a bowl haircut, which doesn’t have much to do with this story, but it paints a wonderful image of who I once was. I was definitely not the cool kid in class, well, not until I got boobies, but I’m getting off subject.
Due to my speech impediment, I avoided speaking as much as possible. I kept my head down and doodled. I doodled on my mother’s walls, on my wooden bunk bed and even that damn eye patch I had to wear for my lazy eye got a doodle or two. If there was space, I had this urge to fill it.
Creating visuals was not only a way for me to avoid the other kids’ chuckles but also a way for me to clearly communicate the things I had trouble saying out loud. I became obsessed with the endless possibilities a single piece of paper could bring. Mermaids? Totally real. Unicorns too. Paper not only became my playground but my passion, and I was hooked.
Today, my speech is corrected, my eye is straightened, but I’m still sitting at my desk with my head down, doodling. I currently live in the cutest town ever (Lambertville, New Jersey) with my dude, dog and an obscene amount of color pencils.
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