One thing about me: I am easily influenced. One of the greatest pleasures in my life is sharing and absorbing whatever other people feel passionate about. I find that just about anything is interesting when someone cares deeply about it and I learn the most weird and wonderful things by just sitting down, shutting up and letting my friends, acquaintances and complete strangers bring the world to me. I’m lucky enough to have many intelligent and deeply curious people in my life, and they introduce me to everything from new music to climbing, from how to make tea in Iran to the appropriate hour to start clubbing in Berlin (4am). When it comes to the internet I have two particular chevaliers who have never failed to point me in the direction of diversions, education and plain and simple delight; from the old school the ever lovely Olol, and from the new school it’s Mr Loud himself, Seen It Sam.
Looking at TED reminded me of the first talk Olol showed me on it – which I’ve watched countless times and still find utterly enthralling: Moving Sculptures by Arthur Ganson, who says “I would put my ideas and passions into objects…learning how to speak with my hands.”
It’s impossible not to be pleased by his sculptures, which are moving in both senses of the word. He says “I would make things for people as a way of showing them my love.” This resonates very strongly for me, as my family are past masters at this form of expression. Sam and I have both inherited this habit because although our parents were really brilliant and hugs and words and good stuff like that – they also provided a solid foundation of small things that say ‘I love you’ without, well, saying it. My mum sewed and knit and built love into the fabric of our clothes and our house and my dad rules the fleet of cars, checks, maintenance and all-hours-rescues from breakdowns, missed trains and imaginary dragons of all shapes and sizes.