Dawn Wain at 84 Creates Wearable Art for Women with an Attitude
Dawn Wain was told that she was universally allergic. But she started to collect things of nature – little stones, shells, and sticks, and twigs – and started making things out of them. She says
They got me to see how beautiful they were, and just like people, all different.
These things talk. You just have to learn to be quiet and listen. They tell you what to do.
Many of Dawn’s clients have homes all over the world. And when they go to big social events, instead of wearing their diamonds, they wear her pieces. Dawn says:
They’re women with attitude. And they don’t apologize for getting old. When they walk into a room and people stop them, they tell the history of the piece, and they become the center of attention.
When growing up, Dawn’s big thing was being afraid of a lot. It took her a long time to learn that what makes life worthwhile is love.
First I had to learn to love me, to love people, and most importantly how to love God as an every day part of your life. It’s about doing the right things, but also a nice feeling of never being alone – always being taken care of, and everything being alright, and overwhelmed with beautiful skies, and people. Here I am in this tiny little living space, and I’m feeling grateful for that. It’s wonderful.
When asked what it’s like to be an older person, Dawn says:
I never dreaded old age because I was conscious of places like China where older people were respected, and not looked down on. It’s only been a little surprising that in this country in particular that that’s not the way for everybody here when they get older.
I want people to hear what I have to say. They can disagree, but at least listen to me. Don’t assume that I don’t know anything
I do feel that as an older person, I have to fight for a lot. For example, I really listen to what doctors have to say. But after many visits I often end up not agreeing with them, and wanting to discuss it with them. But some are not willing to do that. Inside I get very angry about that.
Dawn says she doesn’t know how long she’s going to live. And that’s OK.
I feel like there are some big surprises coming.
When asked what she would say to inspire people, she says:
You have to learn how to be healthy, and you have to stick up for yourself.