I had the honour of recording a video for my friend and artist Shelley Vanderbyl (@shelleyvanderbyl_artist) for a fresco she created called "Signal Fire (Day)" - 2017, on wooden panel. She says of her signal fire series: " In my paintings, signal fires represent the concept of reaching out to others and the desire to be “found,” or to let oneself be seen." I had the honour of producing a video series for her in conjunction with a gallery showing. When talking about this piece, she said "... because hope...hope?... What is hope? It seems like a trivial concept. Until you have none." Boom. I almost burst into tears behind the camera. What a powerful statement. You don't know how powerful it is unless you know how true it is. She often says "This is my life’s work: to heal, and to inspire." You can find that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGkrSzk58QM
She not only inspires hope in me and through the "Signal Fires" piece. She also has an ongoing medicine tin project. She says of that work: "I am interested in caring and nurturing for others. My tiny hand painted landscapes, fitting into a pocket, become portals to other parts of the world. They are created as “medicinal” paintings, offering relief in times of deep distress. Over the years these have been given to people, as a pharmacist fills a prescription." If that's not hopeful, I don't know what is!
This shirt is an attempt for me, through Earth and Hide, to inspire hope in others. It is an ultra-soft unisex heather blue. Comes in sizes S-XL.