Lidia Ruiz's Profile
I remember sitting at the kitchen table, on a Saturday afternoon, listening to my mother and her friends, re-telling the stories we have all heard at least a hundred times, but we listen, as if we were hearing them for the first time - laughing right along with the older women.
Yet, amidst the laughter, there are important lessons being taught and learned. We are intent on imitating the complex patterns the women are producing, with our small and inexperienced hands. We are in awe, because the women do not need needles; just thread and a candle. The wax brings the thread to a perfect point. The colors and patterns are precise and have been handed down through generations.
This is how I learned the art of beading. Not in a classroom, but around the kitchen table in our house in Queens, New York. In pretty much the same way my mother learned from her…
- Joined February 16, 2009