Founder of Dragon Wings,
she is an accomplished Jeweler, Doll Maker,
Painter, Gardner, Renaissance merchant, Mother, and more.
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".
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
she taught herself to make them into marionettes. Her business, Dragon
Wings, grew to include four Festivals yearly and soon she had a thriving
marionette and doll business as
well as a successful costume accessories shoppe.
One 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 to try things on, pose in the mirror, and
examine all the wonderful toys. The joyfulness of playing
"dress-up" overcomes all who cross her threshold.
You can learn more about
the fairytale lives of
Debra Hathaway and husband Eric Heath in the following newspaper articles:
Post, September 12, 2002
Democrat, May 11, 2001
Democrat, October 7, 2001
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