Q: You said your home is also your workspace? Share your perspective on the benefits of working from home.
A: I have always loved working at home because I have everything I need. I find the
stimulation of my environment adds to my work. Working at home, I have the food I need to keep me working. I can take breaks and cook. It’s a very balanced environment of art, clothing and food.
Q: You have said, “If you can’t wear something upside down and backwards, then it’s not
worth owning...a lampshade can be a vase, a vase can be a lampshade and a lampshade can be a hat.” What did you mean by that?
A: I love the flexibility of allowing things to be used in a variety of ways. It forces me to see
things from a different perspective. It is too easy to get stuck in a groove and limit our vision. I’m a materials freak and I allow materials to speak to me and tell me how they wish to be used and incorporated.
Q: If you had $1,000 to spend, would you buy clothes or something for your home? A: AAHHH....that is a tough one. I don’t think I need one more thing in my home! I don’t need clothing either but there is always an excuse to own another garment! Like, oh, I “need” a white wool dress for winter, because I don’t have one. It is very easy to justify another garment because it can be applied to an ensemble.
Q: Would you like to try your hand at interior decorating for someone else? A: Absolutely, if they are willing to play outside the box. If they are willing to see their environment as a canvas and something very personal, then that is an exciting way to proceed.
Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for our readers, young and older? A: Trust yourself and collect things you truly love. Don’t worry about their value for investment
purposes. If you love something and it is within your means, then it is worth owning. It’s the same with clothing. The difficulty is to know when to stop. That too is very personal. It is easy to own too much. The trick is how to “stash it” so you don’t feel overwhelmed! Finally, I believe creativity is the best way to be healthy and vital. Creativity has no rules, so therefore there is no fear. Everyone can create.
House of Fifty magazine Fall 2012 issue