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What Advice I Would Give - Stylists

Interested in knowing what life as a stylist is like? We've got you covered! In our new series "What Advice I Would Give" ( #waiwg ) we're going to be chatting with different creative professionals and collecting their advice for people interested in what they do. Comment below if you have any advice as a stylist that you'd also like to share!

Happy Mother’s Day!

August 1988. Quadras was flourishing. The Perimeter Mall holiday catalog would soon be going to press, and I was in Northside Hospital labor and delivery reviewing the final proofs. My first daughter, Alexandra, was born, and two weeks later I was back at work and she was in her nursery down the hall. Fourteen months later, my second daughter, Charlotte, was born, and five weeks later, we were all back at Quadras in the new two bedroom plus a playroom nursery we had built when adding on studio space for the newly awarded Macy’s Cellar account. (A contract that had us producing 50+ pages a week, 52 weeks a year, for 4+ years.)

Each Monday morning I would arrive loaded down with a weeks worth of baby clothes, bibs, diapers, and food, and collectively, we had 4 cribs, 4 high chairs, 2 playpens, and double the amount of toys for life at home and at Quadras.

The girls rode their big wheels through the studio, modeled for lighting tests, swung from Johnny Jump-Ups in the doorways, took their first steps, and had a kiddie pool in the side yard of our building. In their bedtime prayers they never failed to ask God to bless Ray, Rick, Beverly, and the other employees that were their friends and family, they ate their lunches and celebrated their birthdays in the same kitchen that we have today, (renovated several times since!) and they were on a first name basis with our clients.

Jane, then Carlyn, and then Janis were the amazing women that met us there each morning, cared for my children - the self-proclaimed company mascots, and balanced the unusual daytime routine of life in a photo studio and thriving company. One of my most prized possessions is the hand colored (with crayon), Xerox portraits of the girls from when Jane used to place them, face down, in the copy machine.

That routine lasted for seven years, until Alex went into the first grade, and Charlotte into kindergarten. Taking them to work was ofttimes a crazy and harrowing logistical nightmare, but it worked for me. Older and wiser, I know now that they would have also been fine at home, or in daycare, or with a relative, because with any of the options, I would have still been their mother, and would have loved them still, from the depths of my soul.

My girls say they have few memories of their early years here, but I have many; and today, Alex works at Quadras, and her first office was actually in the little room that had been her bedroom when she was a baby.

Work and motherhood is not for the faint of heart, but to all those mothers that seek to find balance between career and home life, and especially those mothers that have made careers at QI, I wish a heartfelt Happy Mother’s Day!

Cynthia A. Morgan
Co-President

QI's Heart for Africa

Quadras is proud to announce a new relationship with Heart for Africa, a wonderful organization in Swaziland.  These great people are doing something very special in Swaziland, a country that has the distinction of having the highest HIV rate in the world.  As a result, the children of Swaziland are at risk, and this is where Heart for Africa comes in.  Every 12 days, Heart for Africa takes on the care of an abandoned, newborn baby.  These infants all have horrific stories, because their mothers live in desperate times in Swaziland. We here in America can hardly fathom that kind of crisis.  Quadras is proud to have donated children's clothing that arrived in Swaziland in February 2016. 

   Heart for Africa comes alongside these children, providing a safe haven with food, medical care, education, and housing until the child reaches the age of 18.  11% of the children have HIV, so Heart for Africa gives them their retroviral medical twice a day, and will continue to do so for the rest of their lives.  Some of the babies have required multiple surgeries and international care, and Heart for Africa provides this.  A preschool and kindergarden now operates there, to provide education.  A playground is there for recreation.  Many of the children are on supplemental feedings, in addition to the regular three meals plus snacks each day, again- all provided by Heart for Africa. When care is needed at night, “aunties” are hired to care for them, and they provide almost 500 diaper changes a day! Babies are universally messy- so all 108 of the children have their clothes washed EVERY day. Additionally, the community has a 70% unemployment rate, so Heart for Africa steps up to the plate and provides jobs on their farm, in both the dairy and carpentry training facility. Heart for Africa is a multi-faceted and incredible service to the country and people of Swaziland, and we're happy to have been able to do something that seems so small for us, but is so big for them.

To find out more, you can visit http://www.heartforafrica.org/

Blend it! Blend it good...

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Today we filmed one of our first makeup ads, but we won't say for who just yet! (We like to keep the mystery alive). We're so lucky to have had such a great team working on this project, and the results are going to be great!

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