Memories of my Father & Designing

My father was born and raised in Paris. And though he was Swiss, his first language was French. When he moved to the United States, he brought with him his preference for all things Swiss, he claimed the products produced there were far superior, and his love of the French language. So he would have enjoyed knowing that I sew on a Bernina (Swiss made) and a great many of the people in the Facebook Group I created, Ariane Zurcher Stitching Circle are French speaking.

My father and me in Northern California 1997 or thereabout…

In fact, one of those FaceBook Group members, Nadia Massoni, has translated both my Otter Needle Roll design instructions AND my Rhino Pouch instructions into French! Thank you, thank you Nadia!!

Meanwhile I’m busy working away on a series of other designs. Also, in part, influenced by my father and the rocks he carefully placed around the cacti in his large cactus garden in front of our house. It’s a recurring theme that has been with me since I was a fashion design major at Parson’s School of Design, almost forty years ago, then refined and repeated as a jewelry designer, and now again as I design and handstitch.

The Lotus Collection – 18 Kt Brushed Gold, Green Tourmaline & Diamond Necklace
Small Detail of Design in Progress

My father also would have been thrilled to know that I was given an artist in residence award. Because of the pandemic, my 2-week stay at the Chateau D’Orquevaux just 3 hours east of Paris, has been delayed until next spring, giving me a little time to brush up on my very bad French!

Chateau D’Orquevaux where I will be staying for two weeks next spring.

11 thoughts on “Memories of my Father & Designing

  1. I’m glad that you remember your father so appropriately, that he spoke in French, thought in French and even dreamed in French! (He also had a French accent when speaking in English, but the less said about that, the better.)

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  2. Thank you for sharing these moving memories … In my turn I regret not speaking English better … friendship does not need a whole bunch of words when it is sincere … sharing your videos, your know-how and our love of quilts, and embroidery bring us together … and there are lots of tools to communicate … passion and art know no borders ….. that’s what’s magic!
    I am so happy to have met you even if it remains virtual ….
    kisses my sweet friend from New York.

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    1. Thank you so much Corinne. I feel the same. Somewhere we meet in the middle, helped in large part by Google Translate! I’m so grateful for your friendship. ❤️


  3. I also enjoy the Swiss connection as I had the good fortune to marry one and now raise Swiss-American children! And I’m equally enamored of my Bernina 🙂 I did not know that we had a Swiss connection in common. Congrats on the residency!

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