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About Native New Orleanian Heather Elizabeth

Heather Elizabeth at St. Louis Cathedral New Orleans

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 has proudly supported the following non-profit organizations: New Orleans City Park, Louisiana SPCA, Save Our Cemeteries, The New Orleans Musician's Clinic, Tipitina's Foundation, Raphael Academy, and The ARC of Greater New Orleans

 
Heather Elizabeth's Great Great Grandparents

"The "loveletter" that is widely used in my work was written by my ancestors in New Orleans who are featured above.

Heather Elizabeth's Great Great Grandmother

My ancestor in New Orleans. This photograph was taken by noted photographer, T. Lilienthal on Canal Street.

Heather Elizabeth's Great Great Great Grandmother

My 3rd Great Grandmother Sarah Hickey born in Liverpool, England. Photo taken at Washburn Studios in New Orleans.

 

Heather Elizabeth's Legacy

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

The "loveletter" that is widely used in my work was written by my ancestors. The love letters were written during a 3 year separation due to a death in the family.

Central Coffee and Butter Depot, 1890s New Orleans

Great Grandfather John Bennett Willig, Sr. (right) standing in front of his business, the Central Coffee and Butter Depot during the late 1890s. The neighborhood suffered a terrible fire in 1908 and this building was burned to the ground. My ancestor worked tirelessly to rebuild another structure at the very same site. This building 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.

 
Heather Elizabeth's Great Uncle

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

Heather Elizabeth's Mother in the 1950s

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

Heather Elizabeth's father in the 1940s

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