This morning I read an email from one of our neighbors. His car had been broken into last night. Only some change had been taken but it wasn’t the first time. He and several other neighbors have been victim of car thefts on our little street in the last couple of years, which is unsettling, as it’s only a matter of time before houses get broken into too, as has happened fairly close by in our neighborhood. I sent him a consolation email and made a mental note to remind myself to always lock my doors.
Leslie is an extraordinary artist whose artistic practice helps to preserve a rare artistic tradition and pass it on to others. She makes pieced-silk Buddhist thankgas, a Tibetan art form that dates back to the 15th century and is now practiced by a handful of Tibetan artists in exile in India. The images she creates are not painted but instead built up by sewing together pieces of silk like a cloth mosaic. The process is painstaking but also meditative.