the Filigree

Martin Obakke and Celena Cavala are husband and wife team living just outside Nashville on a small town square. They are self-representing artists, and everything they create is sent directly to the client from their studio. Martin does the illustrating and sculptures while Celena sews & writes about the world they inhabit in the Fairy Tale Newspaper, the Filigree, published four times a year. Articles like 'Summer Solstice in Sangamon Forest – Butterfield Sisters Host Fancy Dress Ball,' and 'State of the Art Haunting – Old School Style at Vic’s Meatatorium,' cover the exploits and tragedies of the imaginary population of the Filigree world. Cleverly illustrated advertisements tout the benefit of fantasy products like Never Die Life Elixir and Ligeria Formula stain remover.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Martin has always been drawing. Growing up next to a forest, he was inspired by nature & animals early on which eventually prepared him for Celena who brought him into the Fairy Tale Realm! Coming from Denmark, there is a Fairy Tale tradition following H.C. Andersen. Celena, originally a ballerina, has beenwriting fairy tales & poetry since she was young. A fairy Tale Newspaper was a good way for them to pull all their interests into one cohesive format.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Chasing new ideas and inspiration and turning them into reality

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Getting noticed on the big, wide Web! So saturated with great things to see in an increasingly shorter attention-spanned world!

What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
The tall Mockingteller is a dragon-esque creature that tells stories.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
For Celena, a Ballerina! For Martin, an Artist!

What other artists out there do you love?
Daniel Merriam, Lisbeth Zwerger, Kai Nielsen, Arthru Rackham

What does your future hold?
A beautiful Victorian Italianate mansion in Savannah, Ga's historic district with a wild & tropical thunder garden and us in a double hammock!