NOW FEATURINGWildflowers are in bloom in the Space Us Microcosm! This week, we’ve invited friends, illustrators, and collaborators Grace Abe and Caroline Hu to create a world focused on the theme of growth.
︎ GROWTH ︎
They’ve invited fellow Boston-based illustrator Noah Grigni and NYC-based designer Sean Suchara to join them in presenting work that is inspired by the natural world. In thinking about the theme, Caroline writes, “Growth is not only about adding visibly to the body, but also subtracting and transmuting for function and resilience.”
“Growth comes to us on its own terms—not necessarily when we ask for it. I'm learning the value of answering to its challenges with compassion for our communities and ourselves,” says Grace.
Grace and Caroline also collaborated on a print for the Space Us Procrastination Kit—see more by clicking here.
How were you both thinking about the theme of growth this spring? (in the context of working on the kit, the microcosm—or whatever else!)
GRACE: This spring, I'm thinking about how growth comes to us on its own terms—not necessarily when we ask for it. I'm learning the value of answering to its challenges with compassion for our communities and ourselves.
CAROLINE: I was thinking about growth in terms of an organism's life cycle. How "growth" is not only about adding visibly to the body, but also subtracting and transmuting for function and resilience. I also thought a lot about our society and the ways we need to similarly direct our growth.
How do you know Noah and Sean? Why did you choose to nominate them for this theme?
GRACE: Sean and I met in a high school art course...almost a decade ago (wow!). We ran into each other at a recent Boston Art Book Fair, and have kept in touch ever since. I love how he imbues his work with kindness, empathy, and activism for a better world.
CAROLINE: I know Noah through the Cambridge/Somerville art community. When thinking about the theme of "growth", Noah's gorgeous botanical figure art immediately sprang to mind! They also illustrate children's books, which provide information and connection to readers during critical periods of their lives.