When I came to Burning Man for the first time in 2010 it changed my life. I found a place that I never dreamed possible: Strangers welcomed me like a beloved friend, I was served delicious food in the middle of nowhere, walked what seemed like a surrealist painters pipedream and danced with new friends into a glorious sunrise. When I flew home my eyes were teary. I realized that I had found what I had been searching for for so long: to know where your place is in the world. When I think of the saying “love doesn’t get old” I smile to myself and I know it is true. I am deeply in love with Burning Man. Ever since.
But one thing surprised me. You don’t get a wristband for Burning Man!
I like wristbands. For me they are much more than just simple festival swag. I collect them and usually I wear them until I return to the event next year. So when I thought about what I could contribute to Burning Man to make it more beautiful I came up with the idea to create wristbands and give them to my fellow burners as a gift.
It became my way of expressing my thoughts and my love for the event. Some people might say that wristbands are no art but I think otherwise. It is a canvas and although of very limited size this medium holds a lot of power. Wristbands are worn for days, months and sometimes even for years. Which other art form is so present in a person's daily life?
For a lot of people their wristband becomes a treasured personal item that connects them with the memory of a beautiful moment in their life. Also, it holds the power to spark new connections. When people recognize they are wearing the same wristband it gives them a reason to talk to each other and share their personal experience. I feel this is the most valuable thing at all.
So, please, have a look around and be inspired. Leave a note or send me a picture from your wristband and tell me your story.
After all, I do this for you. Because I love adding beauty to your experience.