It happened when Lise Lindstrøm contacted me and told me I had drawn her little boy in the main teaching hospital in Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet in 1991. I’d given her a copy then, and she wondered whether I still had the original, because she wanted to buy it.
Luckily I had kept all my baby drawings, right from when I started drawing in hospitals in 1983, archiving them by place and date, and most had the name and birthday as well. I told her I would look and write back – his name was Christian born 14th January and this was written on the drawing.
The drawings are all in drawers in my studio. I pulled out the folder labeled Rigshospitalet 01.91 – and found it. Lise came, and photographer Heather Gartside was there to record the moment when she received the drawing. Christoffer is now a grown man of 28.
I do not have the possibility of contacting the parents – or the now grownup children themselves, but from time to time I hear from someone and it is fun to see whether can find a certain drawing. I wish I had a way of making contact with more – the early copies I gave them were very bad – but there are few who find their way to me as Lise did.
Photographs by Heather Gartside. Lise Lindstrøm has given me permission to publish this story.
I count the drawing of my baby girl who passed away in 1999 at ten days old as my most precious possession. Thank you Heather and lovely story.
yes Terri. you live in Edmonton, most of the drawings I kept were made before 1999 but I still have many Edmonton drawings, Wish I could contact the parents! maybe they will see the blog…. or it can be posted somehow.
so lovely to see your drawing come full circle