Priscilla loves silk. She loves the way it feels, and the way it makes her feel.
Right now she’s feeling fabulous, dressed head to toe in yellow silk. By her own admission, silk has been a thread that’s run through Priscilla’s life. From her first experience of the fabric as a child, silk has been woven into everything she’s done. She worked with silk as a designer and gallery owner, and still uses silk every day at her Ryman Village.
Priscilla’s village is an active supporter of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - a charity that helps vulnerable children. To help the charity, a group in the village lovingly make quilts by hand. They’re carefully crafted – either knitted, crocheted or sewn, and of course, all of Priscilla’s quilts include silk.
“Every quilt I make is another warm child. It’s another child that can cuddle up and feel secure. Even a little bit of silk will have the effect. They’ll be able to feel the smoothness, and the softness, and the warmth. They’ll feel safe.”
Making quilts from silk is her passion, but it’s only part of Priscilla’s busy life at her Ryman village. After today’s meeting, she’s rushing off to host a Book Club get-together at her apartment.
Priscilla’s a people person and gains a huge sense of belonging at her village. When asked what she loves most about Ryman, Priscilla says emphatically “It’s meeting these amazing people”. She goes on to passionately recount spending time with people she’s met at Ryman. People from all walks of life. People who have done, and who are still doing, exciting things. Musicians, dancers, ambassadors, nurses – wonderful, varied and interesting people. She reflects, “When you live in your own home, and you want to meet with someone, you have to ring them to ask if they want to come in at a particular time, or else go out to meet them. It’s a big deal. But in a village, it’s easy.”