creative perspectives"Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserve; it is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind us much debris of cast-off and everyday clothing."

--Harriet Beecher Stowe

Oakland, NJ -- home from 1969-1975.

In Oakland, I ran around in the wooded lot behind the house where the neighbor boys had carved out bike trails. I walked to school and picked fallen apples from the trees in front of the house. I played for hours in the glassed-in front porch with our collection of Fisher-Price toys. This is the house where I lost my front tooth and cooked my first meal.

Valley of Lake, PA -- home from 1976-1984.

In the Valley I wandered the woods, carving my own trails. Mom drove me to school but I learned more by reading books in the library and playing with my toys--tools, science gear, and art supplies. This is the house where I had my first period and baked countless desserts.

The places that we live shape us. I am connected to nature because of the trees, stones, hills and gardens of my homes. I recall many details of each house--the distinctive smells of the rooms, the smooth surface of the porcelain fixtures, the color of sunlight filtering through the windows. All of these memories come through in the things I create now.

Home is not only where the heart is, but where the subconcious goes for ideas.

Where did you grow up and how does it shape your creativity?


I grew up in many houses in many different states of Australia and for about six months lived on the road with my family in a van travelling around Europe. I was homeschooled at this time.

I truly believe that moving around with my family and sharing so much has created friends within our little four person unit.

But you know how close I am with my family and I feel so blessed to be related to such talented and intelligent individuals. We share common values but also revel in our individual talents that mesh to form a strong unit giving strength to the individuals.

My home travels within them and within myself where-ever in the world we are.

I've been exploring the ideas of a sense of place and a sense of belonging a lot this last month, too. My childhood was more like T's because I grew up a military brat. Someone wrote to me recently about a movie about brats, and that sparked my interest in exploring the topic. Two other people I know have been forced suddenly to move from places they had strong ties to--which made me realize I don't have strong ties to any place. I carry my sense of place with me.

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