Home is Where your Heart Is.
It didn’t seem right to just jump on in talking about my “inspiration” for creating Modern Heirlooms, or why I have dedicated my work as an artist to Paloma’s Nest, without some background- perhaps a little about me.
So we’ll start small. I’d like to introduce you to my hometown.
Mystic, Connecticut is a tiny New England town situated on the Atlantic Ocean, bursting with architecture, history, and old things. Mystic was founded in 1654. Quite a long time ago.
Growing up, it really seemed normal to me to live in a house built in 1863. And, like in most old towns, every home there has a personality, with its own quirks and charms. Many houses are given “names,” based on who built the house or who lived in it. In Mystic, if you were a prominent Sea Captain, your house was painted white and situated right at the mouth of the river- so your family could watch for your ship to come in from your voyage. If you were a merchant, you lived in one of the little cottages close to the downtown area, often adjacent to your shop.
History fascinates and inspires me; I see architecture and antiques as relics that have so much to teach us about who we are, and why we live the way we do today. When homes and heirlooms are preserved for future generations, that link to the past is carried forward. I dedicate my own work to creating art pieces that will carry stories forward.
In beginning this new blog, I had no idea what to write first. Since HOME is where your heart is, this seemed like a good place to start.
How has your hometown influenced who you are or where you live today?