This interview is a part of a new series that highlights the story of the Traveling Umbrella. Each project participant is mailed the Traveling Umbrella and asked to keep it for about a week. They use it as a photography prop before they mail it on to the next person on the waiting list. Learn more at:
Participant: Lily Sue
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Find Her on Instagram: @lily_4_lily
Interviewed by: Rachel Fergus
The plain, brown, cardboard box that arrived gave no clue as to what was inside but I knew. Jill had put my name on "The List". I'd been patient. It was here at last! I carefully took it out of the box and opened it for the first time ..... It was beautiful. It was joyful. It was creativity. I was so excited !!!
I live in a small town in New Hampshire with not a heck a lot going on and I knew the Rainbow Umbrella was quite a world traveler. I wondered what could I show my visitor.... I decided to go to a few favorite spots; the beach and a nice trip to Nubble Lighthouse in Maine.
There was a crowd at Nubble Light the day we went and since I had no one to hold the Rainbow I began to explain to strangers what I was doing with it , what it meant , how it was traveling around the world to photographers so they could take pictures with it. I asked if one of them could hold it for me while I took my shot. They loved the story and all wanted a turn posing with the celebrity umbrella !!
I would like to thank Jill for allowing me to be part of this wonderful project and for her generosity in sharing her creative vision !