Jacqueline: feminine form of Jacques, commonly used in the English-speaking world. Jacques is the French form of Jacob, itself from the Latin Jacobus, which was from the Greek Iakobos, which was from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov which meant “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. The biblical Jacob (later called Israel) was born holding his twin brother Esau’s heel. He was the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel
Imhof: German, “in the courtyard”. A widely spread family name in the cantons Bern, Argovie, Basle, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Unterwalden, Uri and Valais
Christie: a Scottish name: diminutive form of the first name Christian (meaning ‘follower of Christ’) and possibly also of Christopher (meaning ‘Christ carrier). The Christie name eventually grew into popular use as a surname in Scotland. A sept of Clan Farquharson
I was born and grew up in Schaffhausen, a pleasant medieval city on the river Rhine, near the border to Germany. I trained in a small real estate office and went to commercial school and moved to Zurich in my early twenties. I met David in 1993 and we got married in 1995 when I was already nearly six months pregnant with Seán who was born in October that year. Only fifteen months later, in January 1997, our second son Áedán was born.
I was a pretty busy full-time mother for a while. I loved our two baby sons but my housewife role didn’t make me very happy and I was desperate to go back to work at least part-time. I found myself a job in arts administration again. All together I have spent over 20 years working for cultural organisations. From 2013 until 2017, I studied Social Work at ZHAW (Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften – Zurich University for Applied Science and got my Bachelor Degree. In February 2017, I started my new job as Assistant for the Head of the Design Department at ZHdK (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste – Zurich University of the Arts).
Having finished my studies, I have more time for myself. I try to go swimming twice a week, do some (home) rowing and I have very recently started to do Tai-Chi. I’m still having viola da gamba lessons and I’m thinking about joining a choir again since music will always be important for me.
I still look after our Atelier and organize our Serendipiter (“salon”) events. Our young men are now grown up, independent and enjoying their own things in life. David and I enjoy having more time as a couple again. We have been married for over 20 years now and are still very happy together with many common interests and a lot of understand for each other’s “issues”. Living in the town of Zurich makes it easy to go out to concerts, the cinema and the theatre. Having an open house is important for us – we love having guests, enjoying a good meal and a glass of wine (and whisky) and good conversations.
I hope to stay healthy enough to ensure that your two young men can finish their studies and training and finally find their individual ways to stand on their own two feet.