I went to see the exhibit of some of their designs before hearing them speak. The vibrancy, the architecture and quality of the garments was breathtaking. A video played on loop in the corner – Jenny and Linda talking about how they met and their relationship – “I took one look at her and knew I had found my soulmate.” Jenny said of Linda. The energy from this amazing friendship, the obvious and spoken love between collaborators and artists, touched my heart.
I began a conversation with a lady in the gallery space as we both skirted out of each other’s photography shots. She was petite and wore a cobalt jacket and colour matching felt hat, adorned with a feather. She travelled for the exhibit and she too was heading up to the venue of the talk. She told me how she was offered a box of hats and the one she wore was from that collection. She showed me photographs of others she secured in the box gifted, which she said numbered fifty!
I met a couple more lovely people in the foyer before the talk. I did not encounter the disdain of fashionista’s but delighted in the mix of women and men, some quirky, some immaculate and some in jeans and sneakers and each with a different reason for being there.
I met a gorgeous lady who told me she had jus buried her mother who was old enough to get letters from the queen and politicians before she passes. Her daughter was not so keen to reach the 100 year old milestone, “Ugh! No Thanks”, she said.
There is a part of not knowing what to expect from an event that produces awe and value. I came away from this event inspired and amazed from the gift of hearing Jenny and Linda. I learned so much about these two very remarkable women, about quality, friendship, passion, indigenous culture and appreciation, flora and devotion, business and creating; They were truly wonderful.
I feel like I am now cheating you on not quoting the words they spoke that struck me so deeply but it was so profound for me that it would be more of a crime to give you some that don’t give the full encapsulation of the joyful occasion.
I believe some of what was imparted will appear in future blogs – I know the event is something I’ll always remember. Who would have thought that “two old ladies connected in dharma” as Jenny put it would inspire someone as jaded as me.