ERIN'S FRIENDSHIP PROJECT
I always say that I don’t have any friends which is A. stupid and B. actually offensive to the friends that I do have, but what I mean is that while I KNOW a lot people, there are very few that I truly have connected with. It’s not that I consider these people “acquaintances” either; I genuinely like them. I just haven’t broken through that barrier of really knowing them. There are people that I have know for years but have never done something one-on-one with or even feel like I know their story. Part of it is that I’m scared to make new friends, wondering how to open to up them, wondering if they like me or think I'm funny (which I’m not until you know me), wondering what to even talk to them about... You know, just general insecurities that I felt as a kid and still can feel today. Part of that fear is because I was a painfully shy kid. I never went to daycare because I hated it, I cried at show-and-tell, and I clung to the few people that I found comfort in. At some point in my youth, I did flourish and I found a handful of close friends that I still hold dear today. But as I grow into an “adult”, moved out of San Francisco where it’s easy to bump into people daily, and continue to lose the community that I did have to an unaffordable city, I find myself struggling again with friendships.
The Friendship Project is a personal exploration into my insecurities around friendship. It aims to examine what friendship is, how to be a friend, and how to make new friends. It’s part research (looking at past friendships and patterns), part inspirational (seeking advice), and partly a way to force me to not be shy and meet new people! It’s a way to facilitate getting to know someone, hopefully finding some common ground, and continuing to build upon that. The project is two-fold. 1. There is an interview component/questionnaire about past and present friendships and 2. It is a personal letterpress project that explores text and color resulting in a series of inspirational posters based on your advice to surround myself with. (I've never been one for "inspirational quotes" and quite frankly they mostly make me roll my eyes BUT I really do think you're gonna like it. I know I do!) I feel like I have to give a shoutout to Susan O’Malley since my posters are reminiscent of her Advice from my 80 year old self . (If you don't already own this book, BUY NOW!) I'll be employing simple text with the use of many colors to convey an uplifting piece of advice. I hope you can find some advice here to connect with.
I completed my first round of interviews and prints. Whaddya think? Do you want to participate? I’d love to meet YOU! Send me an email if you're SF/East Bay based and want to meet up. For those of you who are not local, I made this handy little form so you can participate too!