My creative habit: Mentors have been very important in my creative growth. I had two growing up: my mom, who tried every craft at least once (and that was the 70's, so we had supplies for everything from macrame to God's eyes -- remember those?), and my neighbor Ann, whose artful environment I coveted. (They even had one small cabinet whose surface was entirely handpainted with leaves and flowers -- and a little scene of their family gathered around a table. I have a photo of it and it still inspires me.) As an artist, I feel so lucky to have had two more mentors: Katherine, who will listen to me at 7am or 11pm or over a 3-hour coffee break (when we were in New York together, we never got more than six hours of sleep); and Susan, an amazing quilt artist and teacher who is being awarded the Textile Center's Spun Gold Award this week for her lifetime achievements in fiber art. Lucky me!