Do you ever feel like you need Grandpa strength? Sometimes I do. Luckily I have one of Evie Barrow's Bearded Bloke Brooches and as soon I pin it on I am ready to go, Grandpa style! I've enjoyed Evie's work for a while now and most recently it has been fun to follow along on her 100 Day Project. Enjoy getting to know Evie below and you'll see why she's so inspiring and wonderful!
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
Hi. My name is Evie Barrow, I do many creative things including graphic design, illustration and textile art. One of my favourite things to do is to create by hand. I currently live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and Millie the cat.
What do you believe in?
Kindness, beauty and truth... stealing from Einstein on this but I think he got it right.
When do you feel your most wonderful?
Three things come to mind. 1. When something I've made makes someone else happy. 2. Being outside, soaking up the sun rays on a cloudy day when the clouds part long enough to warm up. 3. Spending a slow and lazy Sunday morning at home with a yummy breakfast, good coffee, my husband and cuddles from my cat.
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn
This is hard, I have a terrible memory! However one moment I remember that was literally a wrong turn was while walking the streets of Paris on my first night there. I had no clue where I was going and I looked up to my right while crossing a narrow back street and unexpectedly getting a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. It was the first time I'd seen it in person and the sheer wonderfulness of this sight made me stop in my tracks in the middle of the road and gasp out loud. I learned pretty quickly why Paris is called the city of lights!
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?
I'm not sure this is my earliest experience of wonder but I do remember discovering drop tail lizards with my older brother when we were were about 5 or 6. The lizards would sunbake on the steps of our front porch and we'd try to pick them up, some by their tails. I remember feeling sad because I thought we'd broken them. Once I realised they'd be okay I was relived and amazed! More recently... it's Autumn here, my favourite season so every time I go outside it's pretty wonderful! I'm in awe of nature and the beauty of the changing seasons. I especially love the colours of the changing Autumn leaves.
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful?
Narrowing this down to three is tricky so I have chosen a mix from a list of many.
Illustrator, Maira Kalman who has a wonderful way of reminding us why it is wonderful to be alive and to be human. Her passion and observation of life and her ability to find magic in the every day always makes me feel wonderful. I love this Portraits in Creativity video with her.
Dr Karl, he is a crazy-wonderful scientist, with a wonderful curious mind and some pretty wonderful, colourful shirts too! He makes science interesting and accessible for all. Plus he won a Nobel Prize interestingly enough for a belly button lint survey!
My grandfather in-law, James, who had two major strokes last year, lost two of his sons and was diagnosed with bowl cancer. He's currently being cared for in a nursing home. Every time we visit he never fails to crack a joke and make us laugh. His strength to carry on and ability to find humor are wonderful gifts. He is a very loveable person and I feel incredible lucky to know him.