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.
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.
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!