“To make anything by hand, whether it is to feed or to warm or to shelter yourself, to succeed in meeting some small—or not small—need that exists within us, this is what we and every other thing with a heart that walks this earth are meant to do with our hands and with our days.” — Heather Ross, from How to Catch a Frog
Textile designer Heather Ross is best known for her whimsical fabric designs and illustrations for children’s books, but her art springs from a darker past. This month she publishes an engrossing memoir—How to Catch a Frog and Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY—about growing up in a troubled family in rural Vermont and her path to becoming an artist, entrepreneur, and mother.
In this episode, Heather and I discuss the book, how Heather gets creative work done (hint: early in the day!), and tricks for surviving muggy city summers. She’s headed out on a book tour this month, and you can find out here if she’s coming to an indie book seller in your town.
Heather also shared some pretty shots of her family and the beautiful house she and her husband renovated (and sneak away to every chance they can!). See below.