Stories — Who Made Me?


My grandmother, artist and writer Gunda Lambton - part 1

My grandmother, artist and writer Gunda Lambton - part 1

My maternal grandmother Gunda Lambton (née von Davidson) lived what seems like more than one life. She was a creative and resourceful person who always found a way through the difficulties she encountered. As an artist, she used whatever tools and materials she could find and afford. She never stopped creating and learning and even went on to become a published author in her 60s. She still had new books in the works at the time of her death, aged 99.  

This post is about her early life in Germany. 

Gunda was born in Wilhelmshaven on the North Sea coast of Germany in 1914. She was the eldest of...

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My aunt, artist and jewelry designer Jessica Rose

My aunt, artist and jewelry designer Jessica Rose

My first memory of Jess is from when I was 5 years old. We were living in Paris and I must have just woken from a nap. My mother said "Guess who's here?!" I had no idea. And there was Jessica.

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My grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams - part 3

My grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams - part 3

When I talk about my aunts and uncles on my mother's side it gets confusing in about a second. My grandfather was married four times and had six children.

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My grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams - part 2

My grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams - part 2
My maternal grandfather, Garth Williams, didn't live a life that can be summarized in a blog post. He lived in at least five countries, married four times, had six biological children and a stepson over a span of nearly forty years, played classical guitar, restored an old hacienda in Mexico, and illustrated dozens and dozens of children's books.

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My grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams - part 1

My grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams - part 1

Many artists have to carve our their career path in families where no one understands their creative urge. Not so for me. The most objectively successful person in my family was an artist — my grandfather, children's book illustrator, Garth Williams.

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"Many of Estyn's pieces feel like wearable sculpture and ALL are works of art. Anytime I wear something she has designed I am bound to receive compliments on my jewelry — it’s just that worthy of praise and admiration (and I feel rewarded for my fine taste!)."

- Kate Wechsler, Psychotherapist