Sheila Hicks on making

“Do you cook?” she asked me.

“No,” I said.

“Do you garden?”


“Do you sew?”

“No.” I blushed, unsure how to justify myself and suddenly reconsidering my life choices.

“Well, you see,” Hicks said, “all that’s gone.” And with those three simple questions, she appeared satisfied. According to Hicks, living an honest, mindful life requires a devotion to making; and by deprioritizing such “slow” skills, we lose opportunities for richness and beauty.

Alina Cohen in conversation with Sheila Hicks

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