When I was many years younger, I used to embark on wild adventures with my paternal grandmother. We explored most of the great state of NH (where I was born but due to my parents divorce when I was a baby, visited for the summers and some holidays until my teens) as well as a good deal of Maine and Massachusetts. We visited every single historic military site, all possible museums and made sure to stop into every antique shop, art supply store and book store in the area as often as possible. To say that my grandmother was an influence on who I am today would be a great understatement.
I learned how to bake, sew, embroider, quilt...you name the craft and we did it. I explored bugs and leaves and flowers, picked berries and then baked with them or turned them into jam. I was encouraged to decorate doll houses with odds and ends around the house and was assisted in figuring out how to design and sew clothes for the dolls. I had notebooks filled with watercolored architectural plans (that part was more from my dad who designs and builds houses) and made crazy piles of friendship bracelets (and sold them...I was always an entrepreneur at heart) and made piles and piles and piles of paper dolls. I look back on those summers and think of all of the wonderful things we did together and how much they influenced my being a designer and it amazes me.
One day we were at a museum with a good deal of historical costumes, I think it must have been the NH Historical Society Museum, and we brought home a bunch of paper doll books. I was mad for paper doll books and liked to buy them in twos so I could leave one intact and cut one up. I had tons of them! Well that day we bought a Tom Tierney 50's couture fashion book, and it was incredible. (you can actually still
Thank you Dior for continuing to inspire me for so many years and a huge thank you to my Ga, who had the wisdom to introduce us.