All About Me

Tell us a bit about yourself name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.

My name is Heidi.  I’ve lived in Seattle for 30 years, but oddly I still consider myself from Denver.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Other than creating things from reclaimed cashmere, I paint with ink, garden, do crossword puzzles, read, attempt to keep the house clean, and lead a Girl Scout Troop – oh, and sit in front of a computer.

What first made you want to become an artist?

After a fieldtrip to the zoo when I was in preschool, my class was asked to draw our favorite animal at the zoo.  I drew an anteater.  My teacher liked it so much she asked me to draw her one too.  Then, my mom gave me her old sewing machine when I was 5.  I sewed doll clothes while she sewed my school clothes.  I guess there was just so much encouragement from an early age, that I just kept doing it!

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.

My creative process...involves waking up at 1am, a big bowl of about 6 cereals mixed together, and sitting around procrastinating.  Then the urge hits me to go make what has been milling around in my head for the last 3 hours, because clearly I am not going back to bed.  I am definitely more creative after 9pm – whether sewing or painting – and always have been. 

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

Other than my daughter, I have a burlap & yarn piece of art that I made in elementary school that says “Free to be you and me”

Name your top five books, movies, and songs/musical groups.

Books – how about authors instead?

  • Beverley Nichols
  • Richard Preston
  • Polly Evans
  • Agatha Christie
  • J.K. Rowling

  • Micmacs à tire-larigot
  • Triplets of Bellville
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • and any Emir Kusturica film
  • any Pixar movie

  • RandyTravis
  • Holly Cole
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Emir Kusturica
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • anything acapella

In ten years I'd like to be...

fluent in French, thinner and more flexible, more organized, and able to use the toaster oven without burning myself.