ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Patois DeSandies, a resident of Englewood, died Sunday, Feb.7. She was 65.
She graduated from Boston University with a BFA in interior design. She is also the creator of the firm Patois & Co., which specializes in hand-painted functional art housewares like aprons, tea towels, placemats, etc. She created the designs and did the hand painting, and sold to stores like Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue and caught the attention of the "Today" show.
She created Healing Events in Artist Language a nonprofit foundation designed to heal the community from the ills of racism and to triumph over trauma because she believed in holistically healing.
She is survived by her son, Démien DeSandies, and his betrothed, Roxy Rodriguez; her grandson, Maximilian Xavier DeSandies; her three brothers and their wives, Kenneth (Karen), Dandré (Man Yee), and André (Gail Lou); nephews Adeh and Kayin DeSandies; great-nephew JinYao DeSandies; nieces Kisha Lester, Kanika DeSandies, LC DeSandies and T. S. Rose DeSandies, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.