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Marie Fontenot

Fiber / Youngsville, LA

Artist Statement

I enjoy creating and embellishing basic staples, (Bibs, Hats, Aprons, Wallets, etc.) to reflect our Cajun culture. It brings great joy to me when I see someone’s face light up when they make the Cajun connection while holding an item that depicts seafood, fleur de lis, mardi gras, etc.; and may say Allons Manger or Joie de vivre!

Biography

My interest in sewing began at the age of 12 when I began making simple clothing items for myself. Through the years my sewing evolved into creating special occasion gowns as well as custom items for clients.
Once my children were grown, my love of sewing became an obsession. My Happy Place is the sewing room. In 2009, I added the ability to create and embroider designs to my work and eventually opened Southern Stitches in Broussard, LA.
In creating my work, I keep in mind the unique people that we are in Cajun Country… fun loving, welcoming, entertaining, religious, and make every effort to reflect our culture and heritage.