Where does it all come from – your creative roots? Is it in the genes of your family? Well, I don’t know but my grandmother was educated tailor and has been sewing all her life. Did she need to cheer up she put herself in front of her faithful Pfaff to “sew something” – it always helped. She was in love with fabric and had piles of it stored in her cupboards. Sometimes it was driving her family mad. They didn’t understand why she absolutely had to buy more stuff – when she already had a lot at home! However, in the respectable age of 88 she still wears her own self-made dresses, not a bad perspective when thinking about it…
My other grandmother did all the knitting. The stream of beautiful sweaters from her hands has been almost endless. I still remember some of mine, especially a favourite one in a delicate green and white pattern I had when I was 8. Now we have all sorts of materials for sweaters: fleece etc. that dries quickly and is easy washable but in my childhood I remember woollen sweaters were very common – and highly valued.
Both my parents have always been very creative people too: My father is the free spirit who always invents his own solutions and ways. He often brings up new perspectives to the matter – where my mother is the one who likes to have a recipe – at least as a starting point.
I guess I’m a mixture of all that, but I also like the idea that every person is unique in his or hers own universe. Who knows where do all our talents, interests, preferences and inclinations really come from?