Yup, I’m counting the sleeps !!
My first “when I grow up moment” was that I wanted to “make stuff” – I was definitely inspired by all the creative types around me. Today whilst moving junk and stuff to get my carpets cleaned at home I stumbled across some old to-do lists, drawings, a maths merit award, photos. . . . and then a little self reflection happened. . .
When I was little . . . I coloured in, drew, painted, played with toilet rolls and made them into light sabres! I loved LEGO, loved it even more that my brother Nathan had LEGO TECHNICS and that we could make stuff together that MOVED! I used to BEG my brother Adam to do my school title pages for me, he would create these crazy graffiti style cover pages that I would later colour in. I spent quite a bit of weekend time in my Dad’s office – he worked for a kitchen design company and while I was there he would do sketches of interiors and kitchen designs that I would then copy and re-create with ridiculous colour schemes. Family birthdays were an excuse to make a present and a handmade card – I have a large family, so there were LOTS of cards!! My parents joked that I would later work for Hallmark! hahaha
I spent a lot of time with my family growing up. The women in my life: Nanna, Aunt Maria, Mum and Step Mum – were all crafty seamstresses. I learnt to sew, knit, make fabrics and created outfits for my Ninja Turtle figurines !! Later when I was a little older my Grandfathers – both clever woodworkers taught me how to use workshop machinery and we made “stuff” together, I turned pens, bowls, repaired furniture, made boxes and toys. My Dad’s father was a magician, he had a wicked sense of humor and could make something out of nothing- he was a real life McGyver! I learnt how to read instructions, work from patterns, problem solve and cheat at card games.
I can directly attribute these memories to my manual dexterity, passion for crafting, design and love of sharing creativity and the process of making with others. When I decided to do a design course at uni, there was no question that was what was meant to be. When I enrolled back into uni into my second degree- education that was serendipity! What a happy space I am in right now, how fortunate that I love what I do!
In 11 sleeps I will be 30, I have no idea what my birthday wish will be?
I don’t really “write goals” – but tackle everything that I do with a passion to learn as much as I can! I have just finished writing my first text book, a Dot Point text for HSC Design and Technology, and I am now partway through writing the Preliminary text. This interrupted plans to complete my masters last year, I made a decision rather than write AND do a masters I would instead focus on keeping my standard of work high and not overstretch myself. Some aims I have for my career are to teach at university – specifically working back in design and also with pre-service teachers in education and later, to eventually work in curriculum development. Maybe I will have time to squish my masters in before all that?!
In the 11 sleeps before my birthday and the reminder of the school holidays I am going to spend time reading, I just enrolled into a Silver Jewellery course- so I might draw some ideas, do some writing/research and tackle more of my crocheted blankie 🙂