Lulu Redder first came to the Duvall Farmers Market in 2011 as Backyard Box Farm, a small farmer offering salad greens and vegetable starts. Lulu began face painting at the market late in the 2011 season to augment the farm income. When she lost access to the land she was farming, she returned as a full time face painter for the next few years, enchanting adults and children with exquisite artwork on their smiling faces. Lulu was known to bring her fluffy pet Silkie chickens along with her to events. Pickle and Toes were happy to charm and entertain her clientele, young and old.
Lulu was a mixed medium artist before trying her hand at face painting, but the Duvall market platform and supportive market family encouraged her to run with her new found passion. Lulu is delighted to credit the Duvall Farmers Market and the vibrant community it creates to her success as a face painter. “Every one of the smiling faces I painted gave me the inspiration I needed to pursue my talent!”
In the fall and winter of 2013 Lulu went on an extensive visit to India, where she lived and studied for several years, to visit family residing there. While in India, Lulu met Joe, who hails from Canada. Lulu and Joe had marvelous adventures, hitchhiking across India and Sri Lanka together. When they returned to North America, the pair travelled and face painted together at local festivals and events. They were subsequently married and Lulu has emigrated to the small creative and agricultural community of Salt Spring Island, BC, where she continues to face paint, but is thrilled to have returned to farming as well. She now raises Kune Kune pigs, and Silkie Chickens.
Lulu returns to the Snoqualmie Valley each August to participate in the Festival at Mt Si in North Bend. She joins us, with great joy and appreciation, for just this one week, decorating faces at the market.