About Native New Orleanian Heather Elizabeth

 

Heather Elizabeth is a fifth generation New Orleanian. Her company, Heather Elizabeth Designs, Inc, was formed in 2002. She is the original creator of New Orleans photograph jewelry & accessories for home. Her love of all things New Orleans inspired her to create wearable art and accessories for the home. Her NOLA photo night lights have been a staple in homes across the region for many years.

Several years ago, Heather Elizabeth also created the original "Ain’t Dere No More Collection" that began the craze for nostalgic logos around the city. The nature of her work helps to convey the city’s unique spirit to locals and tourists alike. You may have seen her pieces featured such publications as The Times Picayune, Gambit Weekly, CUE, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New Orleans Living Magazine, WHERE Magazine and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine.

Heather Elizabeth Contributions

Heather Elizabeth Designs proudly supports the following non-profit organizations:

  • New Orleans City Park
  • Louisiana SPCA
  • Save Our Cemeteries
  • The New Orleans Musician's Clinic
  • Tipitina's Foundation
  • National Wildlife Federation

 

 

 

 

The "loveletter" that is widely used in my work was written by my great great grandfather to my great great grandmother.

Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth Willig born in New Orleans.

Great Great Great Grandmother Sarah Hickey born in Liverpool, England

 

 

 

Heather Elizabeth Legacy

My New Orleans roots, thus far, can be traced to 1828 when my ancestors emigrated from Alsace Lorraine. My ancestry in New Orleans has been a rich tapestry of ethnicities. It includes German, English Sicilian, Irish, French, Scottish and Swiss. These descendents mostly settled in present day Uptown New Orleans.

The "loveletter" that is widely used in my work was written by my great great grandfather to my great great grandmother. The letters were written during a 3 year separation due to a death in the family. He wrote to her daily. Sometimes he missed her so much that he wrote to her three times a day. She would eventually return back to him only to die a short time after giving child birth. I now have a 6 inch pile of letters as a testament to his love.

From all known stories, she was said to be a kind woman who taught classical piano. The picture shown above are my two great great grandparents at a Canal Street studio.

I hope that the love letter contained in each piece of jewelry will bring some “good love gris - gris” into your life.

 

Great Grandfather John Bennett Willig, Sr. (right) standing in front of his business, the Central Coffee and Butter Depot during the late 1890’s. The neighborhood suffered a terrible fire in 1910 and this building was burned to the ground. A newer building stands there now. It is located at 4238 Magazine Street where La Petite Grocery Restaurant is presently doing business. La Petite Grocery has recently been awarded 4 beans by the Times Picayune.
Click here to learn more about this fine restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Uncle Joseph Canatella proudly standing near his family business truck. The Canatella family made some of the best chocolate covered candy in New Orleans during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

My mother, Lois Wright (far right) at her house on First Street in the Heart of the Irish Channel during the 1950’s. Her older sister is in the middle, Marie Nicolich. They were excitedly wearing their homemade Mardi Gras costumes made by grandmother, Marie Canatella Willig. Mom was an “ice skater”.

My father, John Wright with his beautiful mother, Margie Wright in the 1940’s.