When I wasn’t making wrapping-paper, I was hiding real estate advertisement catalogues under my pillow, pulling them out at night to look at the floorplans and imagining how I would decorate them. As much as my mum will deny this (“When will you ever grow up and do something serious with your life?”), she is very much the culprit to blame for this long-standing need to create. I don’t remember a day that she didn’t teach us a new craft, from knitting and crocheting to candle making and paper-machéing.
While other children celebrated their birthdays with balloons and candy, ours were fully themed concept parties, in which mum turned the entire house into enchanted forests for Snow White and her seven dwarfs — or whatever the theme of the year was — to go on adventures in.
Hand-sewn princess dress for the birthday girl and seven dwarf outfits for her guests, of course. And all of this while being a working mum. And if that wasn’t enough, each time our family followed my father as his job took him around the country (and later the globe), she managed to completely re-decorate each home we inhabited using what we already owned while adding wallpaper, self-made curtains and matching throw pillows to give each room a unique theme. Her superpower: “Making something out of nothing”. I chuckled when those were the words someone recently used to describe my interior practice: like mother like daughter, I suppose.