Letters To My Head, Emily Ewing
I came across this series while scrolling through Tumblr, and they were the inspiration for my new personal project which aims to address depression and mental illness. I was lucky enough to speak to Emily about her work, and she answered a few of my questions with rich answers which I found extremely insightful in to this series.
- What inspired you to start the project - is it from personal experience which you’re writing these? They’re extremely relatable (at least I find), is this intentional?
I’m not really sure what inspired it to begin with to be honest. One day I was in a creative mood and saw that first blue envelope on my dresser and the idea just came to me. And yes, they’re all from personal experience, which I’m sure makes them more relatable considering they’re coming from a very real place.
- Why did you choose to write them on the back of envelopes instead of just on paper?
I chose envelopes mostly because of the artistic value they added but also because they tie in nicely with the letter theme I was going for.
- Are your colour choices with the envelopes intentional? They tend to tie in with the theme of what you’ve written often.
A few of them have been intentional but it’s mostly random just depending on what I have around me at the time. They’re all used envelopes that I’ve received actual letters or birthday cards or whatever else in so it’s very organic and just whatever I have on hand.
I think what I love most about Emily’s work is that they provoke at empathetic response in me - I feel that I can completely understand where these thoughts have come from and they remind me of when I felt that way as well. I also feel that the simplicity aids the starkness of these feelings also, amongst the sense that there isn’t anything else to feel except for that emotion at that time. Like a photograph captures a moment, these few sentences capture these complex emotions perfectly.