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The Home Project seeks to explore what Home is through conceptual garments and photography.
The Home Project seeks to explore what Home is through conceptual garments and photography.
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I have started a project called The Home Project and have created a conceptual garment and a set of images. I am asking for funding assistance to complete the second dress and second set of images from The Home Project. 

The second part of the project involves a dress based off of the idea of a Cocoon, and speaks about being afraid to leave the comfort of your home. This dress will be shipped  to and photographed in California in August. 

Please keep in mind that this website is "all or nothing". If I do not meet the funding goal I have set, then I do not receive any funding at all through this site.

A pairing of the images and the two dresses will be shown in the following exhibition:

"Milwaukee: A City Intersected" 
August 29 - September 16 
UWM Union Art Gallery 
2200 East Kenwood Boulevard 
Milwaukee, WI 53211 
(414) 229-6310

Opening Reception 
September 2, 5-7pm 
Free and Open to the Public

Johung and I are also working on a gallery show for 2012 in Los Angeles. We hope that this project will continue to travel.

What is The Home Project?

I grew up in what I will refer to as a "traditional" home model: two parents who are still married to each other, siblings, a house in the suburbs, a cat. As I passed through my 20's and entered my 30's, I realized that this home model was not becoming present in my own adult life. Furthermore, I wasn't sure if I wanted this model, or if it fit into my own life path. As a result, I realized that I needed to figure out a new definition of what a home is. 

I have found that one of the ways I learn best is by asking people questions. As a professional photographer who works with and photographs people all over the country, I've started asking my clients and crew members about life. I often ask their thoughts regarding career paths, love and relationships, and social climates. Though I've never found common definitions for these topics, I have always found common feelings that surround them. 

I started asking people about what home is: How do they define it? Do they feel that they have one? Are they searching for one? Are they afraid to leave one? Does a home require other people to be in it? Are they happy in the one they have? I found that for a word that is so vernacular, the concept is rich with emotion and sensitivity.

These discussions led me to Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Jennifer Johung. Her book entitled Replacing Home: From Primordial Hut to Digital Network in Contemporary Art is set to be published in January 2012. Johung is originally from San Francisco, CA and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to accept the position at UWM. 

Johung and I discussed some feelings regarding what it feels like to be away from your original home, what it feels like to start roots in a new home, and how the distance between the two (both physical and mental) can affect an individual. 

This inspired me to create a project that would explore some of these ideas. Using Johung as both model and muse, I wanted to create a pair of images that incorporated a conceptual garment and photography. 

The First Garment

I have completed the first dress, which was made by printing Johung's book on tissue. Johung told me that when she came to Milwaukee, most of what she brought with her was just her books. This idea, in combination with her own book about home, inspired the tissue dress.  I also created series of photographs which was shot on location in Milwaukee at the lakefront in January. I wanted to explore the idea of feeling out of place, which is why I asked her to wear a warm weather dress in such extreme temperatures.

These are the images which will be used for the Backer Rewards:

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the first photo shoot, specifically Jennifer Johung, Laddhavan Sutana, Laurel Carraway, and Tina Poppy. Thank you also to Ryan Dembroski for helping me create the video which I am using on this site.

Thank you also to everyone who has taken the time to read about my project. If you decide not to fund my project, please consider checking out and funding some of the other amazing projects on this site. :)

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    A Postcard with an image from the first set of photographs which features the Kleenex Dress.

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    A pair of Postcards: One Image from the Kleenex Dress and One Image from the Cocoon Dress

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    A signed 5 x 7" Metallic print from the Kleenex Dress

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    2 - 5 x 7 signed Metallic Prints. One Kleenex Dress print and One Cocoon Dress Print.

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    A signed 8 x 12 Metallic Print from the Kleenex Dress.

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    Two signed 8 x 12 Metallic prints: One from the Kleenex Series, and one from the Cocoon Series.

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    Receive one of the 32" x 42" Luster Paper prints of the Kleenex Dress that is featured in the video. And yes, I will sign it!

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