My father travels a lot for work. He goes all over the world, most often London and Hamburg. Although we don’t get to see as much of each other as other fathers and their children, we have a close bond. One of the facets of that is the woodworking we both love to do. We are both often immersed in theoretical work, so it can be refreshing to make something with one’s hands.

In 2011, he brought me a wooden pencil holder in the shape of a pencil sharpener. I loved the tactile quality of it, and the fact that it is larger than life. I bring it with me to every place I work, it holds all of the important tools I use every day. Wherever I set down my pencil holder, that’s where I’m accessing my creative focus.