Meet Our Optimism Instigators
A collection of people we admire for what they do to initiate small things that spur positivity in a contagious way.
Erin found difficulty meeting new people as an adult, even though she has plenty of friends. When she and her boyfriend Tyler moved away from Downtown San Francisco and into a smaller town, she longed to find a new community. The Friendship Project was born out of this desire.
“It was born out of my own insecurities about friendship. I felt like it was hard to make friends as an adult.”
It’s a personal project for Erin about connecting with people in real life instead of relying on social media. Erin makes it a goal to meet people one-on-one and get to know them on a deeper level. Sometimes it’s complete strangers, and other times it’s people she has known for a long time. Participants answer a friendship questionnaire and Erin prints the best of their advice as part of her poster series.
“Talk to each other, spend time with one another, build a real connection.”
Erin prints her posters on a letterpress, an old printing process that creates uniquely beautiful prints. She’s promoting fun through her art with playful sayings like “be a little silly” and “get their phone number.”