Armadillo symbolism…

May 25, 2017

As to boundaries

The armadillo’s shell acts as its physical and spiritual boundary protecting the safety of its entire being. Armadillo design with words from Tecumseh: “As to Boundaries, the Great Spirit knows no boundaries,” by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Tecumseh was a Shawnee chief who with his brother, “The Prophet,” united Native Americans in the West to resist white expansion. Tecumseh asserted, “These lands are ours: no one has the right to remove us, because we were the first owners; the Great Spirit above has appointed this place for us, on which to light our fires, and here we will remain. As to Boundaries, the Great Spirit knows no boundaries, nor will his red people acknowledge any.”


Pink elephant sighting

January 26, 2017


“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant the only harmless great thing, the giant of beasts.” Words from John Donne, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Paisley Elephant Notecard and Survivors’ Hub Postcard



May 10, 2016

For the men in my life with birthdays on May 10th… and you know who you are… HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wishing you joy today, and throughout the year.

joy paisley

JOY paisley design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Paisley Palm Pun

January 31, 2016

Palm Impression

Drawing of hand with paisley design by Meredith Eliassen

It was now the hour that turns back the longing of seafarer and melts their hearts, the day they have bidden dear friends farewell, and pierces the new traveler with love if he hears in the distance the bell that seems to mourn the dying day. Dante


Seahorse design featuring paisley motif by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Some Asian cultures traditionally viewed the seahorse as a sea dragon and prized them as symbols of good luck. The seahorse is a unique creature. The female impregnates the male who carries the offspring to term. A mild-mannered creature, the seahorse contentlt ambles through the ocean. The seahorse wraps its tail around the nearest object or mate in order to anchor itself in turbulent waters. Paisley Seahorse Notecard

New Paisley Design

August 14, 2015

This paisley design features flower motifs that I toyed with as a teenager, but it is very different from anything that I have done before.

Paisley design featuring early American flower motifs from the Pennsylvania area drawn by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

Paisley design featuring early American flower motifs from the Pennsylvania area drawn by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.