Yes, it’s been two months since 99U, and a month since my last blog post. This one was giving me brainblock I still don’t understand. I’m here though–ready to share, in between Instagram posts and the occasional GIF tweet, and just in time to see some of the loveliest people in my life.
As an artist who thrives on creative conversations and constructive feedback, I never fully realized this satisfying and trajectory need till later in my explorations. About halfway through my college career, at a point when my coffee cups were overflowing sass, I met my best friend in the hallway of the art studio. He bluntly questioned my photography that was on display. Within minutes my bitterness evaporated in subconscious relief that I was having a conversation about my art with someone who not only understood my viewpoints, but also shared them. From that day forward I have been a fiend for creative conversation now knowing it could exist.
But it is difficult in Pennsylvania, and extremely difficult in Erie, to find this stimulating exchange. I’ve been out here floating in my own thoughts, planning my escape to a piece of land that thrives on innovation. Now let me wholeheartedly divulge the overwhelming happiness that consumes me, to say I have found that piece of land.
If it wasn’t enough to be offered my own personal dream job, let Adobe just top it off with five fellow residents to work alongside of–who all are both brilliantly creative and wildly supportive of each other. What fresh heaven is this?! Although I have had the pleasure to share some of my adventures with the North American Residents, the week of 99U was the first time we met the German Residents. It was obviously a hit.
While in New York City for my third and final week of travel for June, we attended and assisted the 99U Conference. We live streamed our introductions, and helped resident alums, Christine Herrin and Syd Weiler with their workshops. We spent time in the Times Square office admiring the view. (I certainly made myself present more than once, staring out the floor to ceiling windows, mentally shaking myself “YOU ARE HERE?!”) We attended gallery nights and after parties. But my favorite moments were the intimate ones. The one-on-one conversations; the small parties of story sharing. I knew I was lucky to have this residency, but I still can’t believe how lucky I am to be beside such warm-hearted and kind individuals to share this experience.
We message each other while we are scattered across the globe. We ask honest questions and give honest answers. We assure and reassure each other; support and encourage our work. We mesh so perfectly, I could not ask for more… except maybe to be closer in proximity. Haha.
Yes. It has been two months since 99U, and I am so ready to see these beautiful people again. In less than a week, I will be back in San Francisco and in the company of these brilliantly creative individuals that makes my heart so full.
Good Eats, Smooth Drinks
Cava. Best Greek bowls.
99U Live Stream: My live introduction to the online Adobe community, as well as portfolio reviews with Syd Weiler.
Create Magazine: Meet my fellow residents and learn about their residency projects and goals.
Forbes: “Why Adobe Pays Creatives To Do Whatever They Want For A Whole Year.”