Look carefully. Liza Lou‘s life-sized replicas are made using tiny beads and strings of cotton. It is awe-inspiring to imagine the labor that goes into every one of her works. That’s dedication. That’s love. The kitchen, one of her earlier works, was made entirely by her own two hands. She now works with artisans in South Africa. The process of working in unison with the women in South Africa inspired the “rope” which is meant to signify unity. I find her work to be not only stunning, but truly moving. I imagine the time and dedication that goes into every piece and I want that for my own work. Her love for the craft–for creating–is contagious.