Sheltering daydreams March 30 2015


 The house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer, 
the house allows one to dream in peace. - Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

As a child, living between the homes of separate parents, my concept of home was portable, transcontinental even.
By the time I was old enough to form a home that was my own, my ability to disassemble and create space was impeccable. I could confine all of my valuable belongings to the inside of my car, or suitcase, meaning that I was always prepared to escape. This restlessness made it impossible for me to remain in one place for very long. At times it made me feel unsatisfied. And yet it also inspired some of my greatest adventures. I owe all of my life's achievements to this blessed unrest, because without it, my hunger for travel and new experience would not exist. 

Over the years, I have come to realize that the concept of home is both an interior and exterior space. I now relish the process of creating an exterior space that best illustrates this interior home that we carry with us in our travels. The home is an externalization of our inner most self. It is the space that informs our dreams, the space in which our dreams are also brought to life. The home is a space where we can share the most intimate part of ourselves. Like the silkworm that weaves a delicate cocoon to hide-away from the world before it’s metamorphose, we too need a place of protection during our most vulnerable states of transformation.

Words and Photos by Shannon May Powell