For many of us, it was our mothers (or a mother-like figure) who were the first ones to nurture our creativity. Whether it was the act of buying us our first 64 pack of Crayolas, teaching us to sew, or simply encouraging us to color outside the lines, metaphorically or otherwise. Spoonflower employees took the time to share a few words about how their mothers have instilled an artistic spirit in them over the years. Warning: extremely warm fuzzies may occur.
What has my mom, Dottie, taught me about creativity over the years? Everything. As soon as I could hold a crayon she encouraged me to draw, even if that meant all over the walls. I grew up surrounded by her beautiful quilts, and as soon as I was old enough she taught me how to sew just like her. I honestly don't remember the first time I sewed, I was so young. But, I remember my mom helping me sew little quilts for my dolls' beds, star and moon pillows to match the theme of my bedroom, and eventually she helped me sew quilts for college because I was ambitious and wanted a different quilt for my dorm room every year. My mom has also taught me that's it's perfectly okay to be a Trekkie, just like her, and that is a special form of creativity in itself. Because of my mom, I have a solid foundation of sewing skills to guide me through any craft adventure I embark on. I am truly grateful for the skills and talent she passed on to me and I hope to pass them on to my child someday!"
-Robin, Senior Graphic Designer
My sweet Mom taught me about creativity by sharing her own. She has a brand of love and creativity that just seeps into every aspect of her life. When I go home, I can look up at the mural on the ceiling of my childhood bedroom that she painted by hand. Growing up was full of birthday parties with hand drawn paper dolls and curated dress-up trunks. She recently took a painting class twice a week after full days of work just to pursue a passion. Whether it is food, home, gifts, or ideas, there is no one I go to for ideas and inspiration before my mom.
Above is a picture of her, shining next to me at my senior design show in school. Her generosity and support has cultivated a lifetime of creativity for me.
-Alexandra, Operations Staff Member