Today is a an apron day, meaning I am mixing up batches of USDA organic certified skin goodies!Have you ever tried taking a photo of yourself in an apron? Well, it is not easy. Luckily Daniel Troppy , the talented artist that he is, took these shots. Please note the hand stamped HB logos on the pockets on this apron made by Will (Jeanne’s friend) of Amy Butlerfabric.
Aprons have replaced Hermes Scarves as my talismans, don’t get me wrong I still cherish my Hermes collection but I don’t have an occasion to wear them while working in the studio. It seems as though no one wears aprons anymore… maybe we aren’t in the kitchen as much so I began to wonder about the history of aprons and I found an anonymous piece of history:
· The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
· It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
· From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
· When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
· And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
· Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
· Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
· From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
· In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
· When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
· When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.