The first thing I notice about people is their hands, and whether they are gardeners or craftspeople. I think it resonates with me because I love working with my hands, even if I’m just doing papier-mâché or making a lampshade. It was something my mother instilled in me. I suppose styling is really just an extension of that. Growing up we were a very crafty family. My mother did bookbinding and marbling, and my brother was a wonderful ceramicist. We would go to Harrods, measure the clothes and make them ourselves at home. When I left school, my mother and I went to art school together—in those days they gave you a grant that you didn’t have to pay back. My mother did amazingly well; I did unbelievably badly. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 41 My Favorite Thing Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains the significance of his carved stool. Arts & Culture Issue 38 My Favorite Thing Death doula Alua Arthur tells the story behind her favorite crystal. Arts & Culture Issue 37 My Favorite Thing Antiques dealer Helle Thygesen shows us the last thing she would sell. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Anna Wiener Anna Wiener was on the path to Silicon Valley success. Then she pivoted. Allyssia Alleyne charts the making of a tech-skeptic. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Influencers Anonymous Instagram content creators answer a short survey about the influencer industry. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Crazy Busy There’s no rest for the aspirational.