Crystal Canning of Copper Moose died unexpectedly this week in a horse-riding accident. So sad. The photo above was taken this summer in her East Burke, Vermont backyard…she was going to make an appearance in my Interweave Press spinning book as a featured spinner, and barring any legal problems, she still will. (Her husband, Bill, wants her in the book — Copper Moose will continue, too, in case you were wondering).
We spent a really lovely afternoon together: in that photo, she is laughing about being a “spinner supermodel.” What’s extra-funny is that she actually did model for a while: discovered while buying makeup at Saks (she was a stockbroker at the time), her first reaction to the model scout was “Yeah, right.” But she shot some campaigns for major fashion houses in the 80s, among them Chanel. My favorite story was one she told of an overly “grabby” French photographer who kept trying to “adjust” her top. So she walked off the set in the $20,000 couture suit she was modeling, and went to get a hot dog.
Hey, why not?
Crystal had an aversion to email (Bill did all the typing), but loved to talk on the phone. We swapped broken-bone stories during our first marathon phone call — she’d been in a horrific car accident only a year earlier, which makes this accident all the more sad. One of the first things we did after meeting in person was show off our respective scars! I truly regret not meeting her earlier: she was a lovely person and a fiber enabler par excellence. She will be missed.
update: the local paper has posted her obituary.