"Dear Diary, I am a silly girl. Dear Girl, I know." Erin Hanson, recoveringlazyholic.com
"When one door closes, another opens." "Everything happens for a reason." Sage advice often only appreciated in hindsight. Such is the case for Erin Hanson's provocative design art, the result of heartbreak, inner neurosis, and joblessness.
Hanson started the site as a blog in 2007 after the end of a long-term relationship. What began as "a cathartic outlet with no real focus or aim other than to give me something to do" evolved into an attempt to rediscover a creative side snuffed out by 80 hour work weeks, the likes of which she would blame for the breakup as well.
In time the blog grew into the recoveringlazyholic that exists today, created primarily to showcase her amazing photography. According to Hanson, photography "fills me up, makes me feel good, and serves as snapshots of moments that captures those feelings." Hanson's photos are phenomenal, they have a hauntingly beautiful Lynchian quality that gets under your skin. However, it was the design art, a.k.a. "stuff," and the open honesty of it, that had us entranced on our first visit to the site. She describes those pieces as "more a means of purging and embracing my ridiculous ideas and neuroses, getting rid of the fretting annoyances in a way that seems slightly less loathsome than a diary; [they're a form of] self therapy."
Need To Want Less We felt this collection was particularly timely in the age of instant gratification when it seems that America has forgotten the difference between a "want" and a "need." Hanson says, "I started these during the summer of last year, at the tail end of a long stretch of being unemployed. Being unemployed I still couldn't turn off that [want] for things ... for stuff. I found myself eventually realizing that having the bare minimum was actually doable and having no money was a good lesson in living simply, even if I didn't want to."
Deep Bullshit "I'm obsessed with shape and color and how something so basic and elementary can be connected, almost unconsciously, to more complicated ideas. At the same time, I feel like my 'most complicated' thoughts are [in actuality] as simple and universal as the illustrations [they share the page with]. In the end, I once again realize that the things that are hanging over my head or heart aren't so profound. That's why I called them bullshit. The intended audience is really only myself, trying to, in one swoop, encapsulate the 'greatest hits' of narrow mind." Whoa. Now THAT is some pretty deep shit.
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1 Minute Photoshop Thoughts Hanson says most of these reveal the heart-on-the-sleeve side of her personality, specifically how she reacts to criticism, but some are just random musings. Some of them, like "Confession" featuring the Lionel Richie-esque, "Hello, I have found what I'm looking for. Let me start by saying I'm seeing someone else," are laugh out loud funny. View the entire collection on Flickr.
Erin Hanson currently lives, photographs, and creates brilliant bits of design wisdom in Austin, TX. She can be contacted through her website.