Multiple participants in the survey shared examples of early creative work that date back to their childhoods.
Penny Sisto showed me her first quilt, an assemblage of fabric scraps she’d saved and sewn together in secret. It features the figure of a Scottish traveler, foreshadowing her interest in representing people in the quilt medium, and her particular attention to life on the margins of society.
Bob Van Hoff pointed out his first woodcarving, which hangs now hangs in his kitchen. He noted that the scales on this fish face the wrong direction. Many years later, Bob still chooses to challenge himself with the accurate representation of wildlife through woodcarving.
Both artists use these early works to help illustrate the long-term development of their creative practices.