Today, I was inspired to tell you a story. It is a story about me and it involves the photograph that you see above. I was given this photo at the funeral of my grandfather this spring by my aunts sister. It has been sitting on my desk since I returned home and I look at it everyday.
I am not sure who took this photograph so I cannot give credit. What I know about it is that I was a model for a clothing line called Lord and Lady Muck that was designed by my aunts sister, Fiona. I am the tallest one in the photo who looks so happy to be there. Growing up I was always lucky to have clothes designed by Fiona that I got to wear. My favorite dress was blue with red, yellow and green circles on the front representing a traffic light. This particular day I believe we were photographing a swimsuit line that Fiona was exploring.
Why do I tell you about this? Well, I want you to know a little about me so that when you read the blog you will understand where my love of design comes from. Children’s fashion comes to mind when I see this photo and it reminds me of how that love came about. That love also carries through to my daughter Emily and the clothing we chose for her.
Also, I was extremely fortunate to grow up around some very creative people. My Aunty Sal, who has visited us on this site before is an Australian Author. Aunty Kirsty (Fiona’s sister) is a senior graphic artist at the National Gallery of Australia and is the one that encouraged me to pursue a creative career; my sister Rachel, an incredibly creative individual that you have met through Who Would You Invite to Tea?; my mother, Jane that gave me a love for the arts–ballet, theater, art museums, a love of reading and photography (she is an incredible photographer in her own right; and finally, my grandmother, Laura (who passed away last year at the age of 99) who gave a me a love for making…cooking (desserts especially), knitting, sewing and creating things in general with my hands.
So exploring my voice–here’s what I found today–
children’s boutique fashion
writing and telling stories
talking to others about creativity
love of the arts-ballet, theater, art museums
love of making
Hope you will come along with me on this journey of discovery. I am so happy you are here.
Have a great day….