Nancy Herzog
"A Celebratory Robe"

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(Photos by Bill Crofton)

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To celebrate turning 80, I wove a robe with textured, slubby fibers, knots, and twists which reflects my life. I chose ribbons because I wore hair ribbons as a child. My grandmother wrapped her gifts with ribbons. My first job was selling ribbons at Marshall Fields.

The colors have significance.

Violets: Which I read about in novels but had never seen until I visited California at age 13 with my grandmother. I still have the photograph we took.

Lilac: My father brought home bouquets of lilacs.

Blue: The color of lakes and oceans. I’ve always lived near Lake Michigan and often went to the beach. I remember my father rowing us on the lagoon in Wooded Island. I swam off The Point as a teenager. I canoed with my family on vacations. Water is central to my life.

Silver and White: The path of the moon rising out of the lake.

I made 80 flowers plus one to grow on-with a turtle for longevity and wisdom. The Japanese call pearls “tears of the sea”. I’ve shed many tears during these 80 years.

I have woven my life. I celebrate it.

 

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