Get to know Della Burford


When growing up I lived in Ottawa, on a farm in Saskatchewan and in Edmonton. At eighteen, my twin sister and I travelled to New York to study Interior Design. Our classroom was the Metropolitan and Frick Museum. Dale, my husband, and I spent over a year travelling in Europe and we explored museums and art galleries. Before I had left, Canada I got my Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology -Textiles, so this made exploring architecture and art in Europe even more interesting.

When I got back to Canada I worked as a designer and taught design at Humber College in Toronto. After teaching I would go to my studio,and paint "Dodo Land". When these paintings were shown in a gallery on Markham St. in Toronto, everyone commented that they thought this would be a great story for children. When I told the story to a class of seven year old children, I knew it was true. It was after this experience I decided to pursue getting my Bachelor of Education and teach children as well as adults Creative Writing, Art, English, often including Storytelling and of course also Design. I had the chance to lead many workshops for teachers on Building Self Confidence, teaching Global themes,the Environment and teaching E.S.L with creativity, being Creative in many Art and Design areas.

The "Journey to Dodo Land" and "The Magical Earth Secrets" were an author's dream as I was able to help design the books. Dodo Land became a play in New York and was performed for seven years, in which, I helped in Playwriting, Direction, and Costume and Set Design. The most exciting performances for me were at the Museum of Natural History, the Discovery Theatre at the Smithsonian Institute, in Guatemala for teachers of the physically challenged, and to children in East Harlem schools. "Imaginations Unlimited" had over 100,000 children come to their performances and visit Dodo Land. Now Dodo Land is on the internet as Dodo Land in Cyberspace. The story of "The Magical Earth Secrets" was performed as a play in New York before it was a book. Swedish children performed the story at the "Globetree Conference" at the concert hall in Stockholm. It was also a puppet dance show at the Centennial Library in Edmonton and was storytold in Korea, where Dale and I were representing Canada at the "Festival for Island Cultures."

I have organized and taught in successful educational programs throughout North America and Mexico and am open to travelling around the world. I am presently working from our home doing design, painting, and writing in Vancouver, Canada, overlooking the ocean. I teach part-time at a Design College in Vancouver. Vancouver is inspirational and great places to write, paint and be.

Della Burford

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