I am a storyteller. Everything I do– writing, painting, mixed-media, web- development, and bookbinding– has to do with stories. I collect stories. I make up stories. I record personal stories. Made-up worlds influence me just as much as the real one. The art I create is how I document the stories which are happening all around me, including in my own imagination and life.
The 13 | 31 Project is a collection of life stories. I have been journaling since I was thirteen years old. 2016 marked the reflection of that beginning age, the year I turned thirty-one. This collection of journals encompasses an eighteen year timeline of personal and artistic development and provides chronological cross-sections of life experiences, from an adolescent desire to avoid Jr. High School altogether, to post education questions about which career to pursue, and recent questions of how to invest my time as an adult.
The reason for sharing such a personal collection of stories is to lead by example. I truly believe in the power stories hold. The act of sharing stories, fictional or true, brings people into a common space. My goal in sharing my experience of growing up (a process I am still undergoing) is that you might catch a glimpse of something recognizable, something you can relate to, or something that is completely opposite of your own stories. Whatever it is that grabs your attention, I hope it will spark conversations about your own rites of passage. Your story is important and it should be shared.