When somebody takes the time to write me an email to give feedback on my work - it always stops me in my tracks....I have to stop what I'm doing and focus in on the words.
Firstly because I value the time and effort someone took to write to me - the maker. In this busy, buy-sell-consume-toss out world we live, it's always something to connect with others via the pieces you make with your hands.
Secondly, because in doing so - they share a little of their story with you - and that makes it even more special and unique.
This month I was very glad to hear from Suzanne who purchased a custom oblong cushion featuring the tally band HMAS CERBERUS. I was thrilled to hear how much she liked the cushion - but also why it was meaningful to her. She was happy for me to share this here - and I thank her for that.
"My grandma, Joy Balmain, was in the RAN for three years predominantly at the naval base HMAS Cerberus, Victoria and finished off being a petty officer in payroll at the age of 22. Looking back through her photo album during that time, she has many photos of old war ships at the naval base... We still have all her original jacket badges and hat badges.
I absolutely love surrounding myself with family history so this cushion takes pride of place in our home....Your design is so unique and I know my family will be blown away when they see the acknowledgement to my Grandma (who is 92 and I know she'll be moved when I show her). I have included a photo of where the cushion has made its home. I would highly recommend your work to anyone."
Isn't that wonderful? It's why I love the history and honour of using these insignia in my work - not for the glorification of war, but with immense respect and honour for those who gave of their lives to serve their country.