"Visit for a while, and you'll be just as likely to meet a unicorn as a hobby horse, and take a ride to Never Never Land on the back of a Luck Dragon."
An educator by training and folklore enthusiast by birthright, Amanda Mayflower has opened the doors of her imagination for all ages.
As creative director of the American Menagerie, she manages a troupe of fairies, a pair of rabbits and a whole lot of hobby horses at harvest time.
Thus is the Menagerie: a collection of animals both live and stuffed. Stick around long enough, and you'll be riding a hobby horse.
Amanda's interest and works are linked to seasonal changes, traditional American Folklore and the spirit of magic. Her song and storytelling is an embodied and improvisational practice.
With the offering of the Flint Hills Fairies, ICT Easter Bunny, Hobby Horse Rodeo and Santa & his Elves, Mayflower helps awaken a narrative about customs and lore from around the world.
Her work is imbued with the zeitgeist of moving constellations and the bending of time.
Curriculum Vitae : Course of Life
Master of Ceremonies - Midwest Mythicals, Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Creative Director - Flint Hills Fairies, Hobby Horse Rodeo
Puppeteer - over 10 performances with 10-foot-tall backpack puppet of Carrie A. Nation, including 2017 appearance on national television which spurred resurgence in American zeitgeist
Ceremonialist - Full Moon Fairies,
Medicine Wheel Keeper - Little River Food Forest, Wichita, KS
Ancestral Medicine Participant - Larissa Noonan
Professional Coaching- training, observing and coaching educators with data driven results
Educator - various roles including PreK, Elementary and Substitute positions
Arts Writer - Published reviews of local and regional gallery shows
Education and Certification
2019, Artist Inc
2012, Masters of Arts, Early Childhood Unified, Wichita State University
2006: Sweat Lodge Initiation, The Farm