by Grace Bonney

I’m incredibly nostalgic about my home state, despite the fact that I didn’t really enjoy growing up there. Something about leaving Virginia behind for college in New York made me appreciate all the things that drove me crazy when I was at home. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve grown to love (not all, but a lot of) the little things that make Virginia a wonderful place to call home. I feel that same nostalgia for states that have been important to me along the way, from Georgia and Oregon to beautiful California. I’ve always had plans to pay homage to these special places in the form of botanical tattoos (state flowers, trees, etc.) but this series from artist Jessica Dennis Bush is a great take on the idea of celebrating state pride.

Jessica’s project is called the50nifty and is dedicated to celebrating the places we all call home. Through encaustic paintings, Jessica is exploring all 50 states, inspired by her grandparents’ cross country RV trip during the 1970s. Their travel memorabilia lead Jessica to approach each painting as a mixed-media piece, highlighting state-specific collage materials. To launch the project, Jessica and her brother will be starting a Kickstarter campaign on September 7th, 2013 (I’ll update here and on the main blog when it’s live) and launched a website so people can keep in touch with, and support, the series. I think this is such a cool way to celebrate home states and all the memories attached to them, so I can’t wait to see it come to life. Thanks to Jessica for sharing this with us! xo, grace


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