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....
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