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Elsa Lenthal - Keeping a Tradition Alive

Elsa Lenthal is currently enjoying the best of life in France, with roots in Provence and aspirations in Paris. For five years, Elsa studied film and cinema production at school, in the capital city. She now works in Paris most of the year as an Assistant Director in the film industry. In the summer, she returns to her parents' home in les Alpilles near Les Baux de Provence to spend the warmer months with her friends and family... This lovely, young woman is far from idle in the summer months. Elsa is single-handedly trying to maintain the tradition of creating lavender fuseaux, an old artisan craft.

Interview: Claudia Toutain-Dorbec - 1

Episode 1: My life and passion. "My curiosity about so many things (nature, people, other cultures and the world) drives me to ‘see’, and in that ‘seeing’ I find beauty everywhere, even in the most unusual objects considered by others as trash or ugly. A piece of asphalt from Route 66, rocks found along the old Sante Fe railroad line, sun-baked sticks from a New Mexico arroyo, windswept coyote bones discovered in backcountry or the trimmings from the gardener's baskets in Giverny."