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Little words with Michéle Brummer


Michéle Brummer Everett was born and raised in South Africa. She later moved to the US where she received her BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She currently resides in the wild, wild west with her husband Daniel.


Do you remember a special gift you received when you were a child? My aunt and uncle once gave me a little cardboard box that when opened, revealed an accordion-style paper that had pictures and names of African animals on it as well as a 3D paper scene of the savanna. I cherished this little box and still have it.


What’s the most beautiful holiday you had when you were a child? Every year we went with my entire family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) to a hotel on the beach called “The Cutty Sark” in Scottsburgh, South Africa. We would swim, feed the monkeys, ride donkeys, and spend time together as a family. I have very special memories of these holidays.

What was your favorite toy? A little monkey named AAPIE.


Were you good at school? Yes! I was so quiet I doubt the teachers even knew I was there. I loved subjects like History and English, but I struggled with Maths and Health class (I am very squeamish and often fainted when they brought in real hearts, lungs, etc.).

Were you neat or messy? Oh…I was a collector. My room was tidy but when you opened the drawers or cupboards they were filled with my nonsense. I remember collecting acorns, loads of sweet wrappers, and bandaids (unused).


Were you lively or thoughtful? Thoughtful. I was extremely shy! My mother used to wear long skirts and I would hide behind them every chance I got.

What did you use to draw? My daddy used to make me little notebooks from the old memos at his work so I had hundreds of little books to draw in. I drew all the time! I loved drawing people and animals and I had lots of my own recurring characters.

What did you want to become in the future? I wanted to be an artist, dancer, archaeologist.

What was your favorite item of clothing, the one you always wanted to wear? I was obsessed with pajamas!


Did you prefer cowboys or Indians? Indians.

Which was the worst  prank you played or suffered? I once made a friend of mine eat a small snail. I pretended it was a sweet. I think of it often and wish I could go back and undo it.

What was your recurring whim? I used to pretend I was a teacher and force my brother and sister to do homework. Poor things!

How did you first graze your knee? The first time I remember hurting myself was when I fell through the nets of the jungle gym at my daycare. My knees and arms were all grazed.

What was the food you used to hate most? I was a very picky eater! My mom used to cry because she thought I was going to starve to death. I remember really hating butternut squash. Now it’s one of my favourite foods.


What’s the first lie you told? Once, I broke a little statue my grandmother had on her shelf. I was terrified of the consequences so I hid it under one of her beds. The next day my Grandmother called and asked if I knew where her statue was. I said I had no idea. The guilt was overwhelming so called her right back to tell her the truth. I walked to her house so I could show her where the broken pieces were. I remember crying and apologizing and her giving me a hug and telling me that she loved me and that she was proud of me for telling the truth. We spent the afternoon gluing the pieces back together. I have always been very grateful for her reaction of loving kindness.


Do you remember a dirty word you used to say? I never said bad words out loud. I used to hide in my cupboard and whisper all the bad words I knew when I got angry.

If you could go back in time when you were a child, what “modern” game would you like to have fun with? I would have loved “Just Dance for wii”.

What’s the game you play (would like to play) with your son? I do not have any children but if I did I would love to built forts with them.

What movie or cartoon would you like to see (have seen) with your son? Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Which book did you give him (would you like to give to him)? “Uncle” by J.P. Martin.


Which item would you like to leave to your child? I have a children’s cookbook that I bought when I was about 7. It is well worn and I still use some of the recipes. I would leave it to them and hope they are better cooks than I am!

In your opinion, what’s missing today in the world of children? I used to be a nanny so I have spent a lot of time in the company of little ones. I wish children had more time to just play. They have so many extracurricular activities and technological distractions. I feel like giving them time to imagine, create imaginary worlds and create is imperative.

Do you have a project for the little ones in mind or have you already carried out one for them? I would love to illustrate books and design toys for children. I have also always wanted to design a museum exhibit for kids.




Concept by Margherita Pincioni

Txt by Elviro Di Meo

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