I don’t know where the sentimental attachment began for me, but perhaps it involved growing up with old “stuff” that my parents found at farm auctions and lovingly cleaned up and restored. Or maybe the passion sparked because my grandmothers raised their children during the mid-century and many nostalgic pieces of functional art remained in their homes throughout their lives. Regardless, 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s culture was a part of my upbringing and childhood comfort.
In adulthood I transitioned into old movies–I fell in love with Cary Grant and Doris Day. My musical tastes refined to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. I wrote fiction planted in vintage settings–yes, my characters lived and breathed in mid-century America and Europe. 1950’s and 60’s homes were the only place I wanted to hang my hat. I completely fell out of step with my own time, which, according to Orson Wells, is something artists should do.
I’m ecstatic mid-century culture has made a comeback and that technological innovations give us the opportunity and resources to enjoy it in new and exciting ways. Sharing my passion for this era through my writing is my pleasure and livelihood. Orson Wells also said, “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”. If you’re enthusiastic about mid-century, surround yourself with it, and never apologize.