The hummingbird in flight is a water-spark, an incandescent drip of American fire, the jungle's flaming resume, a heavenly, precise rainbow: the hummingbird is an arc, a golden thread, a green bonfire!
Oh tiny living lightning, when you hover in the air, you are a body of pollen, a feather or hot coal, I ask you: What is your substance? Perhaps during the blind age of the Deluge, within fertility's mud, when the rose crystallized in an anthracite fist, and metals matriculated each one in a secret gallery perhaps then from a wounded reptile some fragment rolled, a golden atom, the last cosmic scale, a drop of terrestrial fire took flight, suspending your splendor, your iridescent, swift sapphire.
You doze on a nut, fit into a diminutive blossom; you are an arrow, a pattern, a coat-of-arms, honey's vibrato, pollen's ray; you are so stouthearted-- the falcon with his black plumage does not daunt you: you pirouette, a light within the light, air within the air. Wrapped in your wings, you penetrate the sheath of a quivering flower, not fearing that her nuptial honey may take off your head!
From scarlet to dusty gold, to yellow flames, to the rare ashen emerald, to the orange and black velvet of our girdle gilded by sunflowers, to the sketch like amber thorns, your Epiphany, little supreme being, you are a miracle, shimmering from torrid California to Patagonia's whistling, bitter wind. You are a sun-seed, plumed fire, a miniature flag in flight, a petal of silenced nations, a syllable of buried blood, a feather of an ancient heart, submerged.
Every company has a story. Atelier Leseine is about the story of a beautiful friendship: That of Leslie Dawson, co-founder of Ambiance Interiors and me. I had the honor to meet Leslie shortly after she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Her incredible courage, tenacity, and joy for what life is supposed to be about, was contagious.
When I expressed this past summer my intention to go ahead and create another new company, her very first words were: "You go ahead girl, be busy living your dream!". On Dec 12th, 2011, after 7 years of being busy living, Leslie left this world for another journey.
We both shared a love for hummingbirds which played a big role in our friendship. I gave a little gold hummingbird with ruby eyes for Leslie to wear during her chemo sessions, while I wore mine made of sapphire and diamonds. We named them little paco and big paco. Leslie loved jewels, pink and red. And so it became obvious that Atelier Leseine should have a hummingbird as its logo. The bird is pinkish-red, which happens to be also the color of my favorite padparadscha sapphire.