What kind of person majors in fashion, moves to New York, starts a family, raises Llamas and goes on to become an amazing artist?
A Stephens woman, of course!
I love this “Inside the Artist’s Studio” interview with Alumna Perky Fisher on the TrilogyLife blog.
Fisher majored in Fashion Advertising and Haute Couture Fashion Design at Stephens before moving to New York City to work at the Fashion Houses. But the environment wasn’t right for her, she said, so she got married, started a family and a Llama ranch before finding her passion in the art world. She loves making “outrageous dolls and animals.”
You can see some of her amazing works on the site, but be sure to scroll down to see photos of her spacious studio and lovely home, too. Fisher told the interviewer the second-floor space, now converted to her studio, was the entire reason she and her family moved.
Yeah, she’s a Stephens woman.
The one trait I’m finding that Stephens women have in common is passion. They’re so passionate about their work, so intelligent, “always curious.”
I love that latter phrase. It’s from a Lee’s Summit Journal story about another amazing alumna, Sylvia Bailey, who died in 2000. Bailey donated her portion of the family’s farm to the city of Lee’s Summit and now the parks department plans to use the space as a community garden and eventually a farm park, reporter Russ Pulley tells us.
After earning her associate’s degree from Stephens, she went on to get a chemistry degree from MU, then a doctorate in nuclear chemistry (nuclear chemistry!) at the University of California in Berkeley. She worked at an atomic energy lab, helped develop a synthetic material and a method to test the water consistency in concrete in Washington, D.C.
“Always curious,” (I really love that) Bailey wasn’t done. She became an iron worker (an iron worker!), learned to work on cars and to become an electrician.
What kind of person becomes a nuclear chemist, then an iron worker, then a mechanic, then an electrician?!
A Stephens woman. Of course.