My name is Bernadette, but please call me Bern. 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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