Brooke and Vicki's introduction to art was somewhat the same, just generations apart. Vicki was inspired by her mother (Brooke's grandmother) – a designer and photographer – whose decorating of their 1960’s ranch in the California valley was effortlessly modern and way ahead of its time. In this cool environment Vicki was encouraged to follow her passion for drawing and painting early. While studying fine art in school, she worked as a graphic designer and part-time illustrator, and by the time Brooke came along she was exploring textiles – creating and selling hand-painted wares and handcrafted jewelry out of specialty boutiques in Chicago. The relationships she made with the city’s top designers during that time led to commissioned work as a muralist and colorist. She put her paintbrush and eye for color to work on “showcase” homes and commercial businesses for many years. While that work was fun and rewarding, she’s happy to be back in her studio with paint and flowers.
Needless to say, Brooke was born into a world of creative women, and a house full of original art. It didn’t take long for her to discover she can’t draw, and it’s something she can’t blame her artist mother for either (ha!). Fortunately though, Brooke also learned quickly that creativity and creating isn’t all about your skills (or lack thereof) with a pencil, it’s about finding inspiration in the world around you and channeling that feeling into something that you love to do. This outlook really manifested itself in a love for boutique retail, merchandising and marketing. Brooke studied Advertising in college and spent these years (and many summers before) working for two women’s clothing boutiques. Both turned out to be much more than jobs, and she found herself enchanted with every aspect of the business, including merchandising, window design, and customer service. After graduating she spent time working in corporate retail and marketing, and exploring the things that truly ignited her creativity.
So, from Vicki's Chicago studio and Brooke's sun-drenched apartment in San Diego (she's recently moved back home to the windy city), Sister Golden was born.