Escaping Ourselves

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Lee Coren lives and creates in Jaffa, Israel – a home that both fuels and deters her from work. “My designs are inspired by a mixture of two strong elements in my life,” she writes. “My local urban surrounding and the need for escapism and a breath of fresh air.” And isn’t that so true to life?

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I feel this way about the Internet, often. Where Lee’s surroundings boast historical landmarks, mine offers browser history and permanence. Where crumbling architecture is nestled in Jaffa, streaming feeds run wild on Twitter. And in place of crashing waves in crystal seas, my urban surrounding navigates changing waters of content creation and user experience.

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It’s a beautiful dilemma: the desire to escape what inspires you. Because to escape something you love, you have to have something you love.

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Still, there’s a pull to shut down and turn off and unplug; to escape the walls and structures and routines that we’ve built for ourselves. There’s a natural pull to peek over the walls of Jaffa – of our Internet – to see what we’ve been missing while our head is down, working and creating and envisioning.

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It’s perhaps just enough to spark a collection of handbags and clutches and scarves – all worthy of traveling alongside of us as we attempt to escape the very story we were made to create.

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The story that, inevitably, we always return to.

Image Credits: Aya Wind

p.s. Textiles from Leah Duncan.

  • So beautifully written and Coren’s work has such a peacefulness about it. I’m recently finding that having an “unplugged” day or even just a few hours in an afternoon will leave my mind and body free to explore my surroundings, providing fresh inspiration and rejuvenation. I usually come back looking at online inspiration in a different way thanks to a renewed perspective.

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