Tag: studio reads

Kamchatka: read it

The trip beyond the road trip.

Sometimes you have to remove yourself from your daily life and routine to do the things that mean the most to you. That is how I happened to find myself snuggled into a vinyl dinette set of a Comfort Inn on a dreary grey morning.  The view was of eighteen wheelers slogging down the highway, and I was desperately grasping a paper cup of coffee in one hand and my book (my book!) in the other.  I could not have been more content.

Road trips are all about getting out to see places you’ve never been. But in this case, this one morning, it was about getting into a space in my head that I hadn’t had time to visit in quite some time. Page after page I followed where Harry and Marcelo Figueras took me. Reading. Rereading. Wishing there was more when I got to the end, but knowing that I had been given more than enough. It was the road food that would sustain the long day of driving ahead and the soul food to nourish a tireless imagination.

Studio Reads: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

I’m well aware that a reading list from the depths of an active studio should be filled with tomes of design inspiration and manuals of technique.  And, don’t worry.  I have plenty of those.  The list is dizzying.  But while I spend most of any given day either pouring over those volumes or listening to audio books while I work, it seems to be a rare treat when I get to actually pick up and interact with a real story.  Finger the pages.  Cling to the cover.  So I am delighted to just have finished the The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.  This beautiful true story tells the tale of a young woman and her family surviving the harrowing years of war and Taliban rule in Kabul.  Their strength, wit, and courage inspire while the never failing can-do resiliency and adaptability resonates.  From the safety of my American middle class upbringing, I have never confronted true hardship, but by the end of my reading of this book a basic tenant I hold dear was reaffirmed.  The best business plan is simple and this:  Believe in yourself and what you do.  If you don’t,  no one else will.