It was really fun to have my mom with me, if for no other reason than I could put her crafting skills to work and boss her around in the greenroom! Usually I'm responsible for demonstrating a few techniques each season, but sometimes I'm doing some last-minute preparations in the greenroom before I hit the set.
I figured my mother, who has her own painting studio in her home, would be a perfect candidate to work with Shiva® Paintstiks® and prepare some samples for me. She had never worked with Paintstiks before and loved them. And now that I think of it, I was a few Paintstiks short when I unpacked my suitcase. . .
I think a lot of mothers and daughters (and grandmothers and mothers-in-law) like to create together. Some have even gone into business together, like many of the mother-daughter teams featured in the Summer 2011 issue of Studios magazine.
It isn't always easy to work with your mom or daughter, but there are rewards. Just ask the mother-daughter teams who work here at Interweave.
Our Director of Marketing, Mary KinCannon, and her daughter, also named Mary KinCannon, who works in our Books department, have explored sewing, paper crafts, sketching, photography, painting, knitting, crochet, and culinary arts together even before working at the same company.
"Almost all of my memories growing up involved some sort of do-it-yourself adventure," says Mary the daughter. They still share a home studio, which is currently abuzz with all things baby as they welcome the first grandchild/niece into the family.
At the office, they keep things professional and separate as much as they can. Having the same name and working for the same company results in them occasionally getting each other's emails. Often the content starts off with, "I sure hope this is for you."
"For other mother-daughter teams I would say that with respect, healthy boundaries, and a love of creativity, sharing workspace in a studio or within a company can add another rewarding dimension to the relationship," says Mary the mom.
Lindsey Murray, our team's assistant editor for special projects, works just down the hall from her mom, Sally Murray, who manages our office in Massachusetts.
Lindsey says, "Sure, there are some ups and downs of working in close quarters. But overall, I love getting the opportunity to see my mom so often-especially now that I live about 45 minutes away and would otherwise only see her a few times a week at most. It is truly a blessing to be able to work closely with my mom who, after all, is my best friend."
In the Summer issue of Studios, several mother and daughter teams reveal their studios and talk about how much they've learned from each other and give tips for working together. Here are some examples.
Fran Valera and her mom, Anne Fletcher, divvy up responsibilities. "I handle the creative aspects and production development while mom, the efficiency expert, handles all the organizing, coordinating, and quality control," says Fran.
Lisa Cox, who creates with her daughter, Sarah as the "Spoonful of Sugar Girls," says they work together well because they have different creative zones in the studio. "We have two workstations: one for sewing and one for paper crafting. This works well when we are both in the studio together working on our projects," Lisa says.
"Over the past 10 years that the three of us have been doing this together, we have depended on each other for encouragement, inspiration, and support. We are each other's biggest fans!" says Jill Brown, part of the "Things with Wings" creative group that includes her sister, Laura McCarragher and their mom, Connie Berends.
I loved seeing how generations of women are sharing their love of art and crafting in this issue of Studios. There's even an excerpt of the new book The Printed Pattern by mother-daughter creative team Yvonne and Rebecca Drury.
I think it would be great to share more studio time with my mom, though next time I will keep better track of my Paintstik supply! What about you? Would you like to share a studio with your mom or daughter? Have you tried? What advice do you have? Did you and your mother create together when you were younger? What did you learn?
I'm looking forward to reading your comments below. And if you have pictures of you and your mom or daughter (or even grandmother or son) creating together, be sure to share them on our Facebook page.