I had been a long time admirer of Adrienne Antonson's work, STATE the label. I started low-key following her brand/work, discovered that she was in Thomson, only an hour away from Athens, and I reached out to her with the possibility of a collaboration. Time came and went, lots of life events happened, we both have young children, etc. BUT then she reached out to me to shoot for another project I was casually stalking, the Secret Catalog. For this shoot, the concept was a kid's edition of the catalog, and I was thrilled to find that so many of my Athens friends would be present with their littles, that I would get to meet some female artists that I have admired from afar via Instagram, and commune with so many talented, kind, kindred spirits. I can't share the photographs from the catalog yet, it has yet to be released, and (duh) it's a secret. Ha. But Adrienne's beautiful studio in downtown historic Thomson, GA is an oasis of beauty and creativity in the midst of classic small town South. I made these photographs between looks, and tried to avoid everything related to the much-anticipated catalog. These are just a few vignettes; I hope they inspire you as much as they did me. Oh, and quickly, here is STATE's vision statement:
STATE is the clothing label of artist and designer Adrienne Antonson. While living and working on an alpaca farm on Vashon Island, WA, Antonson was inspired to develop a clothing line honoring a thoughtful and handcrafted approach to fashion. STATE launched in Seattle in 2010.
STATE is now located in a tiny town in rural Georgia. All items are made by hand in the STATE studio in Georgia. Sustainable, organic, and recycled fabrics, reclaimed materials, and hand painting techniques are used in all designs.