5 minutes with … a weaver
Age: 64Place of birth: Glenwood SpringsOccupation: One of several developmentally disabled adult weavers at Mountain Valley Textiles and Gifts.How long have you been weaving? I’ve been weaving here for eight years.What drew you to weaving? When I first started here, I was a janitor. I cleaned things. I mopped the floors. Then, when I saw all the rest of the weavers, I thought, “Wow. I might want to weave.”What do you like about it? When you focus on it, and you have to keep every edge perfect. It keeps your mind going where it’s supposed to be, keeping everything straight.Were you an artist before you started working at Mountain Valley? I used to do “paint by numbers,” and then I got sick of that, so I started doing scrapbooking.How do you feel when you finish a piece? Good, because I know I’m doing a good job.How about when someone buys your work? I feel like we’re doing a good job, and we’re working hard on what we work on.What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? I would help the kids who don’t have homes get back into school, and make sure they have a place live. That’s it.Any hobbies? Watching sports, fishing, hiking, riding horses, taking vacation times.Who is your hero? John Elway, because he’s the best person I could see in football.If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go? Greece. I’ve never been there, but I hear people talk about it. Just the scenery and the things that you can see.Do you have any dreams for your future? I always have dreams. I dream that I can get out and enjoy life, enjoy the scenery, enjoy waterfalls. Being around other people, just being out there, seeing stuff I’ve never seen before.What is the most important thing in your life? Right now, to me, it’s enjoying my life right now. I really enjoy what’s around me, because I have a job, friends, a house to live in.FavoritesMovie: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Dirty Harry”Song: “Spirit in the Sky” from the “Michael” soundtrackFood: MexicanTelevision show: “Wild Kingdom” on Animal PlanetTime of year: Summer and spring
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