Janet Elizabeth Ayers

Janet Elizabeth Ayers

This is a story dedicated to my two granddaughters – Eloise and Elodie. I want each of them to know and understand the heritage of the women in their lives and to believe in happily ever after. The collaboration with Britt Stadig was based on recreating the dresses made by my mother and little grandmother the summer before I began first grade. It was a magical summer – much like a treasure hunt -finding fabric, rummaging through my grandmother’s sewing cabinet for ric rac, lace, ribbon and buttons to create a new dress. Each morning I would wake up to find the materials had been magically transformed into a beautiful dress – much like the fairy tale The Elves and the Shoemaker. The title of the book reflects both the ingenuity of taking something old (regenerate) and the collaboration and love between grandmother, mother and daughter (generations) therefore the title Regenerations.