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A Mothers Cooperative in the Arts

Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes


Until the age of ten, Michelle was certain the secret passage into Narnia truly existed and if she just rifled through enough closets and cupboards, she would find it.

Fables, fairy tales, and legends have always enchanted Michelle, her favorites being those where feisty and daring heroines like Lucy and Alice run off to have wild adventures. Graduate studies brought her to the University of Oxford, where she would read in the same gardens that inspired C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll’s imaginations, and her whimsical, witty, and joyful {with just a hint of of quirky thrown into the mix} artwork is still influenced by this idea of magical worlds that mingle with our own.

When she’s not crawling through the grass to capture the perfect photograph, Michelle is busy making art in her Philadelphia-area studio, where she lives with her husband, two young boys, and two very badly behaved dogs. You can find her beautifully handcrafted wares in select galleries and boutiques nationwide.


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