Han­nah Massie

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Choos­ing one per­son who has in­spired my work is re­ally hard. I want to say that my whole com­mu­nity in­spires me. One im­por­tant in­flu­ence would be Michael Massie, who is a rel­a­tive, but also, I would say his mom, Han­nah Massie. Aunt Han­nah used to make all kinds of things and would show me how to make them too. She could make pretty much any­thing. I was told that she even liked to paint, which I never knew. Al­though she isn’t mak­ing crafts any­more, what I re­mem­ber most were these lit­tle pin­cush­ions. When I was young, she showed me how to make them from a plate! You draw a cir­cle and then gather the fab­ric be­fore stuff­ing it and mak­ing the head; that’s how she made her pin­cush­ions. I made one a long time ago, but it was su­per loose stitch­ing; I wasn’t very good at sewing then. I was re­cently asked to make pin­cush­ions for three women in our fam­ily “Aunt Han­nah-style”. I was much more suc­cess­ful this time. I loved go­ing over to see Aunt Han­nah be­cause she would bring her projects out to show me and would also lis­ten to me as I showed her what I was do­ing. – San­dra Hol­lett

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