Today’s My Freedom blog prompt: Tell your blog readers(if I have any :)) about someone who has been a creative influence in your life -- a crafty mum, aunt or grandparent, an influential school teacher or a friend who brought out your creative side, perhaps
Looking back I have had several creative influences in my life, My Gran was probably the most influential although I only see this now - she was able to turn her hand to anything, could knit Arran cardigans and intricate fairisle patterns, she made clothes for my mum, her sister and brothers - from curtain lining or old clothes - rationing was still going on after WWII. She was a fantastic cook and baker too.
My Dad is also an influence - he's a fantastic gardener and great at DIY - very creative in a practical way, I've actually picked up a good grasp of DIY skills which have come in handy living alone.
School teachers - two most fantastic art teachers I had at St. Brendans High school, Mr King and Mr Callan - always encouraging and inspired my love of Rennie Macintosh. Mr Callan did have some quirky ideas - we would never know what to expect for still life - I remember he once borrowed George the skeleton from the science department, dressed him as a monk and created a grave in the middle of the art room, we walked in to find poor old george in the 'grave' with a butchers knife through his ribs! Certainly made a difference from the usual fruit.
Today was my first day back at work after being ill for 3 weeks, actually was really pleased to go back - although still in a bit of pain, good to feel that things are getting back to normal.