Sophie Dreams of Roses
SOPHIE, 8 years old
glasses roses, 2012
marker on paper
4.5" x 6.5"
We grownups always think we have the last word when it comes to art and design. Sometimes it takes an eight year-old to show us that our vision is only the beginning.
Last Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of conversing with my cousin Sophie: a delightful little girl with a bright smile and impeccable style. We don't see each other very often since we live on opposite ends of the continent.
When Sophie commented on my glasses (pink and gold HUMs from Fiction by l.a. Eyeworks), her mother quickly interjected: "Sophie, let me explain to you something about Jennifer: her family's business is glasses. Jennifer must have about 12 pairs of glasses!". "More like 14 or 15", I corrected.
That was my cue to pull out all the stops: I whipped out my iPhone and summoned the Georges Laoun website, eager to blow my young cousin's mind with all the "really cool" eyewear we carry. I started out with the Bocca model from Face-à-Face: "Sophie, have you ever seen sunglasses with HIGH HEELS?!" Sophie did not seem impressed. My second go-to frame was a spidery number from Boz Eyewear. "Here's a really scary one Sophie!" Her reply: "Nooooooo..." Perplexed at her lack of enthusiasm, I decided to appeal to her girly side and pulled up a dazzling photo of a flowery Francis Klein. Nothing.
And then, very casually, Sophie picked up some nearby markers and paper and began to draw her idea of an exciting frame:
"There would be big roses around both eyes: rose petals going all around! And on the sides, there are drawings of roses. They would be pink. I would wear those!"
Her eyes were sparkly and her voice was at once decisive and dreamy. This was a girl who on the cusp of her ninth birthday knew how to design a killer pair of frames.
Don't get me wrong, I still believe we carry the crème de la crème of eyewear, but it's reassuring to know that the future of art and design will continue to surpass our wildest dreams in the hands of the very youngest of creative souls.