If you won the lottery, what would you do with your newfound wealth?
I have a dream of setting up a big screen-printing and fabric arts workshop that would host classes and commision special projects from artists and designers. It would have the space to screen or block print fabric yardage on big tables, and have a sewing workshop as well. As someone interested in the fabric arts, I find I'm always looking for places that provide serious learning opportunities for regular folks outside of the college environment--it is surprisingly hard to find places to do this stuff. I'd also like to set up an endowment for the school so it could offer classes affordably to students, and pay artists a good fee to work on special projects.
Also, I'd love to be able to buy or build a house! My husband and I have big dreams to build a modernist prefab house somewhere, with lots of space for a garden and outdoor space for our cats.
If you could visit any time, place, or person, when, where or, who would you visit?
I'm pretty intrigued by the idea of traveling in time to certain eras. I lived in Rome, Italy for a year and was fascinated by its history of cinema and watched a lot of the classics. I'd love to visit Italy through the ages represented in the postwar movies: the forties, fifties, and especially the sixties of La Dolce Vita.
Besides being an author, what is your fantasy job?
Travel photographer. I really enjoy taking pictures, but photography has always been just a hobby for me. It would be great to improve my technical skills and take them on the road. I love traveling and always wish I could do more of it. A job that required me to travel to new places and see the world would be a dream!
What music, food, drinks, toys, etc... do you keep by your side when you're working?
When I'm designing new projects, I listen to LOTS of NPR. It keeps me company during long hours of working aone. The World, Fresh Air, and This American Life are just a few of my favorite programs. And I get most of my news from the radio as well.
What's the most sentimentally valuable possession you own?
At my studio, I have a silkscreen that my grandfather built for my mother who is an artist. It is the screen I used to teach myself to screen-print with. It's a small screen, maybe 8" x 10", and it is mounted to a plywood board with hinges. My grandfather was very good with woodworking projects, and he was very meticulous, so it is quite well crafted. I don't use the screen anymore, but I keep it as a reminder of where I started out on this crafty journey.