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Tasha Tudor

Tasha Tudor

Tasha Tudor, who turned 85 in the year 2000, is genuinely a legend in her own time.

Born as Starling Burgess, Tasha is one of America's most beloved illustrators. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938 and quickly became an American classic. Subsequently she has illustrated nearly one hundred books, the most recent being Clement Moore's famous Night Before Christmas, in 1999.

Tudor is still actively involved in her artwork at her farm in rural Vermont where she lives an 1830's lifestyle with her corgi named Benjamin Franklin, cat, pet rooster and other birds. Milking goats inhabit her barn and fields. Each summer Tasha Tudor leaves her art table and tends her large, beautiful flower garden.

Today her art and lifestyle are almost interchangeable. She lives the scenes depicted in her designs that have been translated into Bucilla's counted cross stitch. This is a product line Tudor herself would enjoy since she is a prolific craftsperson making period clothing, Christmas gifts for friends and family, dolls and doll houses.

In 1996 the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, the world's premier folk art museum, mounted a major exhibition on Tasha Tudor. Attended by record-breaking crowds, this landmark exhibit was unprecedented in its scope, content and participation by a living artist. Along with the books and licensed products that feature her illustrations, Tasha Tudor has quite a legacy.


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