I met author and stylist Megan Morton some while ago at a cafe of her choosing in an artsy suburb of Sydney. I was in Australia to meet our distributors, to do radio and Tv interviews and to talk stencil with the press. There were some lovely magazines and the media were very welcoming to me and my stencils and that is why I was meeting Ms Morton.
I waited for ages in the cafe, the only other customer was a young woman with very shiny hair. When I got up to leave I asked her whether she knew Megan. She was Megan.
"Oh I am so sorry." She said "I did not think that you could be Helen Morris. I didn't expect you to be funky!" I had never been described as funky before, or since and it still makes me smile.
Megan continued "You don't look at all how you sound on the phone, I love your outfit" She was looking for a mature Helen with a tory perm, sensible shoes and a twin set. Actually, I love a twin set but they have never suited me and on this day I was sporting stockings as bright as my hair and wore a lavishly embroidered, tweed mini skirt. Megan and stayed in touch for a couple of years and whenever someone tells me that I do not look as I sound I am again reminded of our meeting.
Rachel brought Megans book Things I Love into our office.I borrowed it to enjoy whilst my roots were being rebrightened at the hair salon...no Tory perm yet. Things I Love is a personal, unusual book and a jolly good read. Pictures of the homes of her friends and collaborators share page space with designer tidbits and useful advice.
Megan shows you how to fold a fitted sheet with skill and precision. She reasons 'When I get home wanting to cry, I head straight to the linen cupboard, open it, inspect the loveliness and sigh to myself 'It's all going to be okay.' The demo is on her Facebook page. The fitted sheet folding is a party trick of our Rachels too, it was taught to her by another one of our stencil team... maybe we need to get out more.
Basically, Things I Love is a book written by Megan Morton about the things she loves and I might just add it to the list of things that I am rather fond of too.
I found a fun interview between Ms Morton and Lucy at The Design Files.
Our Australian distributors are Stencil Gallery, Glebe, NSW.