the Artists of Dragon Wings
& Eric Heath,
Born and raised in
Lexington, Massachusetts, Debra (Senter) migrated to Colorado and became a
drywall finisher while still in her teens.
In her early 20s
she moved to Ojai, California where she ran her own business doing custom
drywall and was known locally as "Drywall Debbie". It
was during this time she first experienced Renaissance Festivals, when she
served as a wench at the original Southern California Pleasure Faire.
Debra's next move
was to Hawaii, and while living on the Big Island she became immersed
in Asian design and began creating jewelry
tapestry, fans, and chopsticks.
Her unique designs were marketed
in boutiques and upscale
department stores across the nation (including Nordstrom's and Macy's).
When she returned
to the mainland, she was juried into several Renaissance Festivals with
dolls, costume accessories, and bridal wear (including feather work and her own line of porcelain
Debra's first puss in boots dolls were created in porcelain and
soon she taught herself to make them into marionettes. Her business, Dragon
grew to include five Festivals and soon she had a thriving marionette and doll business as
well as a successful costume accessories shoppe.
of Debra's most special gifts is her ability is pull a vibrant person from their somber
existence. When people step into her shop they become overwhelmed with the desire the try
things on, pose in the mirror, and examine all the wonderful toys. The
joyfulness of playing "dress-up" overcomes all who cross our threshold.
Debra wears many different
hats each day:
Milliner, Jeweler, Sculptor,
Renaissance merchant, Couturiere, Mother,
to name but a few. . .
In 1981, after three
years of college studying voice and piano,
I took a "leave
of absence" to pursue a unique opportunity.
I attended and graduated from:
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown
When I returned to Syracuse
University in 1982, I submitted a proposal
for the design of a new Syracuse University "Orange"
which was adopted and is still in use today.
My involvement with Ren Fests
started in 1982 at the Sterling Renaissance Festival near Oswego, New York
where I operated the Battle Axe Throw game for over a decade.
In the late 80's I became a singing pretzel man at the Maryland
Renaissance Fest and eventually came to operate the Battle
Axe game there as well.
Below is a sampling of
my occupations thereafter,
* Administrative Secretary,
* Piano Lounge
University Cheerleading Coach,
entertainer and instructor,
* Corporate Mascot consultant,
* Axe Thrower
at Renaissance Faires,
* Computer Engineer,
Cruise ship Singing Waiter, and
record holding Pretzel selling Guy
My current job
descriptions are: marionette engineer,
sculptor, bustier designer and seamster, woodworking, desktop publishing, digital photography, catalogue design,
and website developer.
I learn more every day.
Everything you see on these
150+ web pages
by myself using Microsoft FrontPage
Until Sept of 2003 I used a Kodak DC3400 2 megapixel Digital Camera,
I now use a Canon Powershot G5 with 5 megapixels.
also have an unusual neurological disorder,
Syndrome, which may cause me
to spontaneously twitch, whirl, grimace or shout.
Good thing I work in an environment
where that sort of behavior is accepted, even encouraged!
I spend weekends at the Renaissance Faires
stringing marionettes, singing, talking to myself,
twirling, shouting nonsense, and sometimes barking.
It's quite a show,
and some people think I'm a comic genius. . .
You can learn more about
the fairytale lives of Eric and Debra in the following newspaper articles:
Post, September 12, 2002
Democrat, May 11, 2001
Democrat, October 7, 2001