As a child, Toronto-based maker, Roxanne Brathwaite @suitecitywoman loved to play with her dollhouse. More specifically with what adorned its interior—Roxanne threw out the dolls and played with the furniture. That fascination with furnishings continued into adulthood. Over the years she apprenticed with master upholsterers and eventually started the company Hollis Newton where she re-imagines antique and vintage furniture into bespoke, one-of-a-kind pieces. When the first Covid lockdown forced her to shut down production, she began looking for a new creative pastime. Miniatures became the perfect fit.
Roxanne is my favorite miniature interior designer/artist on Instagram, and after exploring her website https://suitecitywoman.com, my love of her work and spirit is confirmed. She coined LeCaShe (pronounced Le-Ca-shay), an acronym she created which stands for Local economy, Craftspeople and artist, and Second-hand economy. She is a miniaturist, furniture designer/renovator and photographer. Her miniatures hold narrative, representation and local community engagement. She creates with a purpose and I love it! Check out her amazing art via @suitecitywoman and on Facebook