Llane: I met Lisa on a plane. We sat next to one another and soon after exchanging some words we discovered that we were heading to the exact same destination – a wedding in upstate New York. The wedding of my then brother-in-law and his beautiful talented wife Julia who Lisa is also friends with. I live for these types of coincidences. Years later our friendship developed organically and since then Lisa has been there to give me advice and to write about my work. I consider her as part of my large bastion of friends and muses I call Family.
Lisa: Llane and I met on an outbound flight from SFO to JFK. He disarmed me on the tarmac. We found ourselves chatting and laughing and soon discovered that we were heading to New York to attend the same wedding. Fast forward and we're still chatting and laughing.
Llane: Instead of coffee, my morning ritual starts off with a headstand. Currently all I do is work on my projects so lots of sorting, braiding, stitching and sculpting fabrics.
Llane: Inspiration is something I find on literally EVERYTHING in my surrounding environment from nature, music, art made by women and my instincts.
Llane: I’m always working. Even when my hands are idle my mind and eyes are always wondering and plotting.
How do you approach wellness/self-care?
Llane: I’m vegan. I try to rest my body when it tells me to stop. Love showering with fruits. Turmeric, ginger and garlic are my medicines plus InFiore products that I’ve been using for more than a decade. Also an evening dance with myself because it brings me Joy and Joy = Resistance.
Llane: I finally discovered the reason for happy hour during lockdown.
Five words that describe your style.
Llane: I consider myself a stylish revolutionary.
What is something you can't live without?
Llane: Can’t live without music, olive oil, marmite, friends that feel like family, a good streaming tv show/movie/documentary to watch while I’m working so wifi is key. A little mezcal and white aromatic flowers to name a few. Did I mention avocados? And socks? This is a very incomplete list.
What brings you joy?
Llane: Music/dance brings me joy. Revolutionary women fighting for equality and human rights brings me joy. Blackness brings me joy. Accountability brings me joy. Seeing my friend’s kids growing into remarkable little human beings brings me joy. A tropical beach brings me joy. Giving and gifting brings me joy. Being respected and considered brings me joy.
Llane: Work with what you have.
A favorite sound, taste and smell.
Llane: The roaring sound of human voices coming together voicing their demands for justice. The smell of ripe tropical fruits such as guava and pineapple. The taste of properly made vegan Cuban black beans.
Can you share a favorite recipe?
Llane: Vegan Cuban black beans: soak the dry black beans overnight. You’ll need olive oil, garlic, honey, paprika, oregano, red bell pepper, onion, salt, pepper and cumin. Ok, I’m not good at writing recipes. But these are the ingredients I use. Guess what I’m cooking tonight?!
Llane: Best thing I’ve read is a so-called children’s book titled 'Animals Brag About Their Bottoms.' Music wise: sooooo many! But still going back to this Nina Simone rare released titled 'Fodder on my Wings.' I recommend any book by Octavia E Butler.