What is the first creative moment you remember?
Every creative moment I remember growing up was inspired by my mother. My mother exposed my sister and I to so many different things. I remember sitting up late at night with a large Tupperware container full of beads, pins, ribbons, and satin balls in various colors. We would always make our own Christmas tree ornaments by designing various combinations of color and embellishments and then pressing the beads and ribbons into the satin balls. Satin balls were different back then. They actually used to have Styrofoam below the silken fibers. Most today have a plastic base, so you are relegated to glue to embellish them. That takes all of the “sport” out of it.
Those were precious memories to me.
She attended the International Institute of Interior Design that used to be a prestigious school on Embassy Row in Washington, DC. My sister and I used to sit right there with her and participate in the many projects that she completed. I must have been somewhere around 8 or 9 years old at the time. I seem to recall that it was during the time when my dad spent a year in Thailand, so it was just us girls for a bit. She was so talented. One of my most cherished possessions is a watercolor isometric of the interior rooms of a residence that she completed as one of her projects. That was my first introduction to the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair. I own two of them today.
(Featured Lifeline Free-hand drawing is titled “Bracketz”.)