It has finally arrived! My new collection. After months + months of work, I am finally ready to set it free. I can not even begin to tell you how great this feels. Originally, I wanted to release this before the holidays, but I didn't feel that it was quite ready, nor was I.
I've had such a hard time letting this one go because it means a lot to me, a lot, a lot. This collection is more personal than anything I have done before. This past summer I moved out on my own to downtown Seattle, which was one of the most exciting things for me in a while, especially with the joy of decorating my first apartment and what not. However, once the newness wore off + I settled in, I reached a point where my life felt stagnant, both creatively + personally. I didn’t know what to do. I just felt stuck. I had my dream apartment + was doing what I loved, but there was this strange feeling of homesickness. But why would I feel this way? This led me to really think about what it meant to “feel” at home.
In an attempt to be proactive, I decided to make a list. It was a list of things to do, goals to achieve, anything really to push me to switch things up + take a step or two outside of my comfort zone. One of my goals was to open up more, not only to others, but to myself as well. I tend to be more of a set feelings to the side + avoid type of gal. Since talking about things isn’t necessarily my forte, I decided to work on this goal in an abstract way, through my work. In order to do so I needed to focus on what I wanted to do + express, not concerning myself about whether or not people would like the end result.
When I finally sat down + started to design this collection I knew that I wanted to incorporate my new home, but didn't quite know how. So I grabbed my camera + just walked around without a plan. (You can see some of my favorite photos here.) I had also recently found my iPod from middle + high school and took that along for the ride. It's a strange feeling listening to music from your past while beginning this new phase of your life. It was nostalgia to the max. You’ll find that a lot of this collection was inspired by music, both past and present. In the shop, at the bottom of each piece of work there is a song accompanying the selected work. (You can read more about the music behind the collection here.)
Visually, this collection started with a lot of cool tones + then worked its way into the warmer side. Towards the end I decided to cut the cool tones from the collection, but then it felt incomplete. For something that has taken so much time to create, it felt wrong to take away half of the work. Physically, this collection is larger than anything I have done before. Rather than the normal 8x10 sized prints, I decided to go with both 11x14 and 16x20. These pieces have so much detail that I would be doing a disservice to both you and myself by trying to shrink it.
Dear Seattle, is me finding my way home, a collection that shows you how I feel when I can't find the words to say it.
So here it is. I hope you all love it as much as I do.