I was looking at an ornate medieval tapestry in a museum when I realized creating something beautiful or innovative is an enormous investment of time. Making an amazing idea manifest as a physical reality often requires immersing oneself in the alternate reality of solitude.
I wondered if the unknown artist sacrificed something to make her masterpiece. Was sewing obligatory or did she do it as a hobby? Was she the lady of a manor sewing with a circle of friends or did she stitch in the cloistered silence of an abbey? How many years did it take her to complete the beautiful art I was viewing?
I’ll never know the answers to my questions, but I know part of the woman lives on in her work. She immortalized the values and culture of her era from her perspective and according to her tastes in a time when men dominated literature and the arts and suppressed the female viewpoint. There’s no questioning her talent.
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