Each year January 28th brings back wonderful memories. It is the day my maternal grandmother celebrated her birthday. This picture was taken on
“Omi’s” 75th birthday in 1976. It is one of my most treasured images with her. I remember this moment as if it was yesterday.
I experience joy when I remember times with my grandmother. She was the most influential person in my life, and I quietly thank her every day for instilling strong values and teaching me treasured skills. Her passion for textiles, travel, history and strong yearning for knowledge live on in me.
I was honored last June with the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year award. It was an emotional event. I attribute many of my accomplishments to spending countless hours during my formative years with Omi, and I freely shared this with the audience. Here is a link to the CQA/ACC website where you can find the coverage including my speech.
I feel that it is important to celebrate those who have influenced and shaped our lives. Today is such a day, Omi would have turned 114. I can only imagine what she would have to say if she saw our world and how it is changing every minute of every day! She would be amazed at the possibilities and creative approaches in textile art.
Do you have a special person who has significantly influenced your life and your art practice? Share your thoughts in the comment section if you are so inclined!