The sun is shining, the trees are blooming, the winter coats are stowed away... I think it's safe to say that Spring has sprung in NYC, and I am officially emerging from hibernation!
As you may have noticed there has been very little activity on Suitcase Heart since January...primarily because I have been hiding indoors, in my comfies, eating takeout and watching House of Cards. Not exactly prime "travel blog" content ;)
But the main reason I haven't updated in awhile, is that I've been transforming "suitcase heart" into more than just a blog, and I'm finally ready to share what it has become!
Last Summer I started keeping this online journal to catalog weekend trips and travel photos - and named it "suitcase heart" to reflect the idea that you don't have to "leave your heart in San Francisco" when you explore the world: your friends, family, lovers, memories, and sense of self are with you wherever you go.
This thought inspired me. I had the urge to create physical representations of a "suitcase heart". Travel companions that feel special and exude the personality and energy of their owners. Happy reminders that you're still you (and you're still loved) no matter how far from your comfort zone. Because we all know that most luggage is horribly boring. and that there is something quite delightful about packing your most favorite items into a fun little case and setting out on a new adventure.
So I started purchasing vintage suitcases. and I started painting them.
and thus the "suitcase heart collection" began.
Once I had my hands on my first vintage suitcase I was hooked: the structure of the case, the metal latches, the color combinations, the silk lining - something about it just triggered every creative bone in my body. I lay awake at night dreaming up patterns, photoshoots, collaborations... (note: I am a notorious A-Type, so of course my 'passion projects' sometimes get out of hand).
Without truly knowing why or what I was doing (was this an experiment? a hobby? a business? a phase?), I kept designing and making my "suitcase hearts" until I had more than a few piling up in my bedroom.
Since I was about to move cross-country, I decided to photograph the cases and then gift them to friends who had helped along the way.
I'm so happy to finally post some of those photos, taken by the talented David Salazar last September. (Although I feel quite awkward about having to be one of the models!)
I would be lying if I didn't say it was a LOT of work to pull this photoshoot off right before my move, but it was so worth it - and I want to thank everyone again who was involved.
Your support and encouragement has made this vision a reality...and I am very proud to be "launching" the Suitcase Heart Collection this Spring!
I have a couple super fun collaborations in the works - one of which I'll announce this week! - and I'll be redesigning my website over the next few days to feature the suitcases in addition to the personal travel blog (which will live on!).
So - if you're still reading - please come back soon for the updates! and if you don't already, it would be AWESOME if you could follow suitcase_heart on Instagram... so I can look cool and popular and like a legit business ;)
Thanks dude. Love you all!
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