Instagram post by @agirlnamedleney Leney

hello new friends!
so many lovely new faces around here (thanks to sweet @_annalouise._ ) so i thought i'd do a little introduction.
brought to you by a very real 6am messy-grainy-rainy-Monday scene in #theknittingqueenscastle.
1. my name is Leney (pronounced LeeKnee) and i live in Richmond Virginia where i'm a full time artist. my life is my work. from the way i dress myself and my home to the things i make with my hands to the thoughts i think and the words i write. my business (A Girl Named Leney) has been my job for 7 years now and it's truly amazing to see it evolve and grow even still. i'm most grateful for that aspect of it: its evolution. my life is my canvas.
2. lately this has translated through the following ventures: •curating vintage to promote the idea of mindful consumption--->@folkling •sustainable knitwear (i process raw wool into yarn start to finish and design and knit garments from it) #theknittingqueen •writing. mostly in the form of short essays and poems. i post semi-regularly on my journal (link in profile) #writingsfromawouldbebeatnik •photography. primarily through travel and intimate lifestyle sessions + most recently in film. which i'm learning how to develop it myself. you can read more about all of these at www.agirlnamedleney.com/ventures
3. i reside in what i call #theknittingqueenscastle, where i spend most of my time. it's my sacred space, inspiration and home-studio-muse. it's always changing. and there are a lot (a lot) of plants in here. #plantmamadiaries
4. i'm passionate about slow living. i write a lot about it. if you're interested to know more check out #30daysofslowliving AND maybe come to the slow living event i'm hosting with @thevillagemagazine in July!
5. i'm the #daughterofasailor. i have water-bound adventures with my father frequently. we document them together over on @tumblehome.us. #anywhereonthewaterisaplaceicallhome
6. i'm mildly obsessed with sheep. i'd love to live/work on a farm with a whole gorgeous flock of them. but until that day... #sheepdreamsaremadeofthis

now tell me something about you! i want to properly say hey so introduce yourselves.
xo

24 Comments

  • 90w ago wildcitybird wildcitybird

    My favorite castle

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @wildcitybird it's favorite visiting queen.

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @janellekelm thank you Janelle. I hope I get to see you again soon one of these days! Ginny and I still need to officially meet 🙈

  • 90w ago madelinellong madelinellong

    I want to be like you when I'm grown up

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @madelinellong omg stopppp. can i say same? cause like same. you dreamy filmy fairy you.

  • 90w ago heatherelizabethweaver heatherelizabethweaver

    I love how you've introduced yourself (even though I've been following along for awhile). I'm Heather ☺️. I have a sister named Colleen who is sometimes still called Leney (same pronunciation). I make jewelry. I try to live slow. I'm finding my way back to poetry.

  • 90w ago stephanie.froelich stephanie.froelich

    Oh hey! I've been pretty obsessed with film this year, too! I accidentally shot an entire project on film and forgot to use my digital. D: Then, I started working at a darkroom, archiving old photographs all day. (today was my first day!)

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @heatherelizabethweaver no way! i have never met another Leney. most people pronounce it differently. that's so neat! and i absolutely love that you're finding your way back to poetry. that's beautiful. keep chasing after all of those things that make your heart pause. it's worth it. ❤️

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @stephanie.froelich i kind of love that. what was the project? and what a neat sounding job!! how inspiring that sounds.... looking at old photographs all day. dreamy. ☁️

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @stephanie.froelich ooh i also want to know what film camera you shoot with.

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @heatherelizabethweaver also also where can i see your jewelry?

  • 90w ago madelinellong madelinellong

    @agirlnamedleney messaging you for tips on how to make it as an artist. That's my dreammm

  • 90w ago heatherelizabethweaver heatherelizabethweaver

    @agirlnamedleney you're a sweetheart and an inspiration ❤️ I've been working on making enough jewelry to start a shop on etsy. I'm a few weeks from launching and I'll definitely let you know when I do!

  • 90w ago stephanie.froelich stephanie.froelich

    @agirlnamedleney, I'm doing a documentary project on my Grandparents in Canada. :) I shoot with two 35mm (a Nikkormat and a Minolta), and sometimes borrow my husband's medium format camera (a Hasselblad 500c). With two 35mm, I can have one loaded with color and the other with black and white.

  • 90w ago t.stefanski t.stefanski

    Hi Leney, I'm Taylor I live in my just outside of Seattle in Washington state. I'm a sculpture artist primarily working with ceramics and using wabi sabi, primative methods. The way you showcase and curate your life through images is not only beautiful but also very inspiring the way you manage you capture the beauty in the everyday.

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @stephanie.froelich I love love love that. what a beautiful project! if it's for the public eye, do send it my way when you're done. I'd love to see that. and I'm sooo jealous of that medium format life... also one camera with color/one with black and white is something I for real need to implement in my own life....

  • 90w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @t.stefanski hi Taylor! I visited your lovely state in the fall and I absolutely loved it. I also love the wabi sabi concept and I love that you incorporate that into your work. I hope you have photos of it on your Instagram because I'm about to go peruse! thank you for your kind words, they mean more then you know. 💕

  • 90w ago minimalismwithyarn minimalismwithyarn

    I love what you wrote and how it all compiles together here in this post. Summing up your hashtags and artistry together nicely ... there's just something about an organized, categorized uniqueness that sorts out our inner chaos-es that soothes me... ☺️🖤 I've shared about myself just recently @thebeautyforager's webpage, if you're interested in reading. 😘

  • 89w ago indigenoushomeandgarden indigenoushomeandgarden

    bedroom perfection!!

  • 89w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @boldheartmama oh Jacqueline! it is so nice to meet you. i can't wait to do so in person! you're so lovely to host for us. it's going to be such a wonderful event i cannot wait!!

  • 89w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @indigenoushomeandgarden i dunno about perfectionnnn but thanks for the kind words friend 😉

  • 89w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @minimyarnism haha you know me and all my hashtags! i think that's my OCD tendencies coming out. i do love me some organization 😉 oh i love it, i need to go read that now! thanks for sharing your intentional and affirming thoughts as always sweet friend.

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