My month long streak of not leaving the island has only been broken by one 3-day trip up to NYC. I’m not sure if I’m necessarily proud of that, but this skinny little island sucks you in. Since I’m currently car-less, my existence lately has been confined to a 3 mile radius. I doubt that I’ll ever live in such a small bubble again but I’ve definitely been loving it.
If I had to credit one trip with “getting the wheels turning” and eventually leading me to create TfT it would be my trip to Colombia exactly one year ago. At the time I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living- who really does? All I knew was I wanted it to be creative, involve lots of travel, and probably be run by me.
1. Antique katazome print (stencil resist method) using a two-dye process. 2. Katazome print from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) 3. Another example of katazome printing 4. Vintage yukiwa (snowflake) print using the sekka shibori method (clamp-resist).
Most of April was grey but I didn’t care at all. In the beginning I kept checking the weather on my phone but quickly realized that I missed Hanami (cherry blossom season came early) and that it was a good twenty degrees cooler than I was prepared for. I barely opened my suitcase. I wore the same pants and leather jacket every day and used an obi as a massive scarf, which local women pointed out was a man’s belt around my neck.