Mei Li Jing, 59 – wood washer.
“My husband and I scrimped and scraped to put our girls through school, and now they’re both in their 30s. My elder daughter works in Shanghai and my younger one’s a nurse in the city. They don’t come home very often, but we speak every night on the phone. We’re very close”
Mei is such a hard worker, that at first she refuses to put her brush down for us to take a photo of her. “I’ve been working here for three years now, but used to be a farmer. This isn’t easy, but that was really tough. I prefer the workshop – there is much more money to be made.”
“I’ve always worked hard. My husband is an eldest child, so after we got married I had to help his parents as well as do the housework in our own home. But I’m not complaining. I love him and it’s part of the package.”
Mei washes the reclaimed wood used on our Rubricks collection.