Not just from the standpoint of being my Mother. Rather a way to tell her how I appreciate who she is and how much I appreciate the gifts she has given me.
I inherited my love of the Arts from her, and she and I both have the same need to express ourselves through art.
I made a memory book for her. A mix between a scrapbook and a collage.
I like to use unusual or found objects in my projects. I have a whole stash of coffee cozies in my recycled drawer in my room. I decided that they would make an interesting cover to my book.
|I found images to represent her early years. Some were illustrations |
from the 30's, but I also found pictures of her old schools on the
web and used those.
|My Father was stationed in Anchorage in the early 50's. |
They moved there soon after they were married.
|Eight kids! |
I refrained from doing profiles of each of us.
Even though we are all a part of her,
I wanted to concentrate on what embodies her alone.
|My Mother is a Seamstress, and in the 1960's|
and 1970's she sewed much of her own clothes.
She has never been afraid of experimenting with
new fabrics and techniques.
|Mom mainly quilts now, but every once in a while she'll sew |
my daughter a super cute dress. She still has a very unique style.
Not just in the way she dresses, but also how she styles her home.
|More about Mom's style. She was a hip chick at the |
Country Club when we lived in Illinois.
|Another example of Mom's style. The skirt is hers.|
|My Dad loved Oregon, and|
Multnomah Falls, The Gorge and Mt. Hood
were frequent sites for hiking and backpacking.
|Mom and Dad were prolific readers, and|
most of us are too. It was fun gathering pictures of some of her favorite books and pasting them here. I also found a bookmark from her bookstore she owned years ago.
|I added two of William Stafford's poems.|
He and John Updike were two of her favorites.
|A note about how she inspires me.|
|Mom has always been an artist. Oils, watercolors,|
needlepoint, sewing, furniture repair, re-upholstery, and
refinishing, and much more. Just as in the love
of the written word, she instilled a love of art in each of us.
|I had to mention other loves that she and|
I share. Cheese, writing, and coffee.
If you decide to make your own book for someone you love, I recommend reflecting on what you want to communicate before you start. Then start gathering images and elements to help tell your story.