We talk about spaces, and environments, and how the objects you surround yourself with flow inspiration into you and your work and passions. But the whole time we had been getting to know our customers, we had been doing it virtually—from afar, while safely nestled in our office in Portland, OR. We needed to get out and actually spend time in the spaces that our customers live in and create from!
We picked three of customers, Kirk, Megan and Greg. I mapped out a trip starting in Portland, OR, and looping through the PNW to Montana and back.
If I had been inspired before, taking the trip took my inspiration to another level. When I set out, I really had no idea what the trip would look like. All I knew was that I was going to meet three of our customers. Luckily, I had brought along my camera gear, because the spaces and homes that I was welcomed into were amazing, both in their beauty and in the intentionality that went into inhabiting them. What had started as a few face-to-face meetings quickly turned into a full on photo shoots. At the first stop in Kalispell, MT, I ended up spending six hours taking pictures and talking with Kirk and his family. It was immersive and totally inspiring.
We’ve put together three lookbooks to detail and memorialize the trip, and the spaces and people I met. Looking through it serves as a reminder that a space can be an amazing thing, and by filling it with people, and things, that really matter, you can build meaning right into the fabric of your own life.