For a long while now, I’ve been wanting to bring in some guests to this here blog. I thought it’d be fun to ask the same questions to different people. Whether an artist, a business person, a parent, a smarty pants or whatever we call ourselves-we all have something that moves us and makes us…well, us.
My first guest is the absolutely lovely Mia Scofield. A wife, mother, grand-mother, former school counselor, now founder and designer of Mo. & Co - a cool and casual handbag company that is inspired by vintage and hand craftmanship.
What moves you to create?I guess it is kind of like…There is a saying about a tree, it is either growing or it is dying. I think creativity is like that…you have to have a project. You must be making something, or making something happen, or…. Kind of like create or die. It is that strong a drive. So, I create.
What moves you to laughter? I like to laugh. I am not funny, but I appreciate funny. The other day my husband and I were talking about how getting old snuck up on us…all of a sudden it just happened. And, he said—“Yes, I got out of the shower the other day (there is a full length mirror next to our shower) and I thought it was a home invasion.” I am still laughing at that. So, he keeps me laughing. My daughters make me laugh and my granddaughters make me laugh.
I looked up from working on my computer the other day and my grand daughter had done this with stickies and she was just sitting there silent! What moves you to tears?Lots. I cry easily-books, movies and television. A bit over-sensitive. Not crying much lately though…as I am happy.
I like happy tears the best; I get those sometimes too.
Then there is the just-because-you-are-old-your-eyes-are-watering. I am horrified to say that I have actually had that as well, lately. Ugh!
How do you set up for work?I am all over the place. Mostly though…where I am, my little Sony laptop computer is as well….and setting up is opening the computer. Bed, couch, lawn chair, picnic table. I can communicate with India, my office, my customers. That is for creating the business. For, developing/design work—it is a team effort and I am working with our customers and/or designer in our office, or designers in the factory. We pour over fabrics and leathers and ideas until something comes up and our designers take it from there. Then I go back over all the little details working with the factory.
Who do you listen to(music in the background) ? What do you do during breaks?I don’t listen to music when I am working on work. I find R & B helps me get my housework done. But, for real work….I prefer no distractions.
I like music (loud) when I am driving and my all-time favorite album is Jem, Finally Awoken. And, driving with my granddaughters we love Parachute Express.
But, I guess nothing is best when I am working for Mo & Co.
Unfortunately, breaks usually mean a bite to eat or grabbing a drink of some kind. Should be carrots and water, but that is not always the way it goes.
Last supper-with who, where would it be and what’s on the menu?
Oooooh. Scary thought. My beloved family and friends. And, it wouldn’t matter what we ate or where we were…just that they were there.
But, if you were just talking about a good supper and a good place…..I would take hanging with my husband and eating purple sweet potatoes mashed with coconut milk and watching the sunset in Maui, like I did last night.
Close second would be family and friends on the beach in Oregon (my home state) and eating fish soup.
THANKS MIA! On a personal note, Mia is also a dear friend whose spirit has truly inspired me. Her heart and soul is complete gold. Mo&Co can be found in specialty stores, Athleta.com (and catalogue) and moandcobags.com.