HISTORY OF THE TRAVELING BRELLA
In 2014, I started a project on Instagram by mailing my beloved photography prop - a rainbow umbrella - to a fellow photographer friend.
Soon after, more and more friends requested the umbrella.
Two years later the umbrella has visited a multitude of countries and cities such as Malaysia, Australia, London, Rome, Ireland, New York, LA, Philly, Chicago and more.
WHY A TRAVELING BRELLA? This project is a fun way to physically link virtual friends who all share a love of art and photography. It makes me so happy to see a friend on the other side of the world holding up my umbrella! I might not be able to visit all of these people but my umbrella can! It is also inspiring to see how other photographers use the same "prop."
There is currently a waiting list for the umbrella - and several identical umbrellas that travel!
READ THE STORIES: We have recently begun to interview some of the project participants. Click on their names to read their stories:
Coco Galloway (@coco.loren)
Annie Ojile Nerone (@Scooteromatours)
Pixie Sternquist (@pixstern)
You can also see more than 750 photos of the traveling umbrella on Instagram by using the hashtag: #shineonyoucrayumbrella or by clicking here.
SEE IT IN PERSON: In May 2016, "The Umbrella That Traveled The World" will have its own exhibition! The art will hang for three months at the Galleria of Edina as a part of the Art of Edina program.
There will be photos by myself (Jill Emmer) and over 20 other photographers around the world. There will also be 4 very large pieces created by local artists specifically for the show. Artists include: Chank Diesel, Shane Garron, Erin Sayer, Brandon Werth, Jennifer Davis and Drew Beson. To read more about the show, click here.
For inquiries, please email the umbrella at: TravelingBrella@gmail.com