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Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Talented Woman

Photo by Lesley

She weaves. She knits. She pounds fibers into felt. She felts wool. She dyes linen with poke berry juice from our farm. She dyes her hair maroon. She silk screens. She creates batik. She designs wall hangings and interior spaces with color, form and texture. By hand (which she prefers to AutoCad) she renders elevations and buildings, rooms and displays. She stays up very, very late working. She watches Japanime while she works. She lives in the moment. She photographs decaying things for inspiration in her spare time. She listens to the Cranes on her iPod. She plays the piano. She designs sets for plays and movies on the side. She leads student organizations. She calls her mother or father almost every day. She writes the only perfect senior thesis in her graduating class. She inserts emotion and spirit into everything she does. She gets chosen as one of three students to go to the Milan furniture trade show in April. She deserves it.

This is my daughter, Lesley.

Her felt wall hanging before she pieced it together; each square she pounded into felt

from strands of wool.


16 comments:

Amy said...

I love this post and the pictures, Ruth!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Amy! You should see all the ones I DIDN'T pick! There is so much to choose from. What amazing style she has!

Inge said...

This one made me cry! Thank you. Your blog is beuatiful and so are you.

lesleyanne said...

thank you mommy.

i love you more than words, yes.

Nathan said...

way to go, Les!

Ginnie said...

Ohhhhhhhh. Sing her praises a thousand times over. She deserves it all!

Ruth, you have one of the most incredibly talented, million-dollar families in the world! And it starts with you and Don :)

Don said...

This blog is so much fun! I love to see your inner self finding another way to come out and play. Our daughter is so incredible, like her mother and her mother and her mother...

Heather said...

Congrats to Lesley, and to her one-of-a-kind parents.

Ruth said...

Thanks, everyone for the kind words. For the most part, I think Don and I just got out of the way, and our kids took off.

Ruth said...

Heather, thanks for stopping by!

donica said...

Ruth-what a wonderful post! A huge congrats to Lesley!! What an amazing family...i am very honored to be related by marriage.

Ruth said...

Thanks, D! That's how I feel with our kids.

Gayla said...

Oh, our children, our arrows flying! Blessings on you both, mother, daughter...you are creating the universe as we breathe.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Gayla!

Bro said...

What a cool post...I've never seen those pictures of Lesley, but they are my favorites. Can younger siblings be proud of older siblings?

Ruth said...

Lesley took all the pics, I believe, so she deserves the credit.