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An old soul, Abby is bright, colourful and completely aware of what's going on around her. Honestly, It's something to be envious about. Getting to know more about her and her project/blog Sea Foaming and the kind of creativity that goes into it was something I knew I wanted as soon as I stumbled across her page. Please enjoy this long-overdue chat with the creative mastermind herself. Warning: if you're looking for someone to look up to, you might just become obsessed with her.
Meet: Abby // @sea_foaming // www.seafoaming.com
- art & humanities
Best Thing About Blogging:
Being able to create something so regularly. Also, the friends I’ve made from all over the world.
Worst Thing About Blogging:
You put in so much work, and sometimes you don’t get a lot back.
Tell us about seafoaming, how did it start and why did it start?
Sea Foaming began back in August of 2016, I guess. I was starting to notice other blogs, picturing how I’d create my own layout, own graphics, own design. Around that time, I won this national writing competition – and I met a publisher who explained when they looked at new writers, they considered their social following as well.
So, I guess I started a blog to begin publishing my writing ... but as I was setting it up, I was imagining different sorts of posts, creative collaborations … and Sea Foaming was just sort of born. It became my passion, my obsession, my creative outlet.
I honestly think it’s saved me in so many ways. It gave me a new purpose, a new meaning … around this time I was struggling with feeling empty, numb, lost and out of place.
Is there a specific subject you like photographing more than anything else?
I love photographing people – I don’t enjoy landscape so much. I look for emotion in my creativity, and I don’t often find that in landscapes.
But mostly, I adore photographing what’s happening around me. I remember things visually, so I always have a camera in hand, I’m always filming and photographing everything. Creating something beautiful out of my own life, my own experiences, my own friends – that’s my favourite thing about photography. It’s a form of documentation, a form of journaling.
And sharing my work with my friends, sharing videos and photo-series that are expressions of our memories – I never get tired of that.
On your website you say that you are a published writer, tell us about the moment when you first realised that was what you loved doing?
I was probably about four years old!
I can’t even pin-point the exact moment. Writing is this integral part of me – it’s my thing, it’s always been my thing. I think the first piece I ever wrote was a revised copy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I illustrated it with stickers and handwrote the entire thing, stapled it together like a book, and gave it to my mum for her birthday. I worked for weeks on that.
I’ve been writing all my life. I fell out of love with it for a year or so, but I’m back into a rhythm now – I have a friend I exchange writing topics with every two weeks, creating something new in a fortnight.
It’s beautiful. It’s the purest form of creation, for me. When I’m busy with everything else in my life, it’s this breath of fresh air to come back to writing, to sit down and construct a short story. It’s cathartic. I adore it.
Which do you prefer, late nights or early mornings, and why?
Early mornings, definitely. The problem is I’m never awake to experience them!
But I love the quiet before the world wakes up. The soft palate of the sky. It makes you feel so energised and alive, like you can create or do anything and you have all the time in the world.
I experience a lot more late nights than I do early mornings, though. And there’s something to be said for late nights – I work better at night, and there’s solace in the darkness, the silence, the soft, secret vibe. But nothing beats a really early morning.
Who or what inspires you?
It’s a cliché answer, but … I draw inspiration from everything. From a particular colour of the sky to a snatch of conversation. When you open your mind wide to the world, inspiration comes in every form possible.
Primarily, however, when I’m consciously searching for inspiration, I find it in photography and film. I’m constantly scouring Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo for new art. At the moment, I’m gravitating towards the bold, the shocking, the visuals that stand out in my mind.
Favourite 5 bands or artists at the moment?
Catfish and the Bottlemen, Tash Sultana, The Lumineers, Bon Iver, Alt-J, Lily Allen, Glass Animals, Viola Beach. My music taste right now is mostly alternative, almost psychedelic.
Are you the kind to create a five year plan or would you rather ‘go with the flow’?
I think I’m this odd mix of both. Mostly, I’m go with the flow – when it comes to plans with friends, creative projects, etc., I generally just like to jump in and see how things work out.
You need that freedom, to feel authentic when you’re creating, I think. A detailed, long term plan leaves little space for inspiration. Plans need to be able to change.
But, I do set goals, I do have hopes for where I’ll be in five years. I set a lot of yearly goals, I schedule a lot of my life with to-do lists. I wouldn’t be working so hard on Sea Foaming if I didn’t have a long-term plan, you know?
So yeah, I think it’s a mix of both.
Describe your ideal holiday:
I have tens of different ideal holidays.
I’d like to live in France. Wake up before the sunrise and wander through paved streets, stop for fresh bread and journal in cafes while the sun rose. Spend sun-soaked days in parks and on bridges, live in a tiny studio, fiddle with my headphones and wear out my shoes.
I’d like to backpack through Asia. Negotiate rooms for under 50 cents and cherish my few pairs of t-shirts and pants. Live and work in elephants sanctuaries, meet locals, hike mountains, explore cultures and religions.
I’d like to traverse the coast of Mexico. Surfboard and car to my name, meeting locals and tourists alike, live in a coating of sand and salt.
I’d like to live in New York. Rent an apartment I can barely afford, sit on my living room floor and listen to the city outside my window, working by the glow of fluorescent lights filtered through the glass. Fall in love with coffee and tiny pizza places, discover music and art and life.
I don’t know, how do you define the line between lifestyle and holiday? I don’t want to have holidays. I want to move and live and create as I feel the urge to. If I need a holiday, it’s time to move on.
What is something about society you wish you could change?
Oh, god, I don’t know where to begin.
So much. So very much. I suppose you can’t really focus on one issue, so I think the one thing that could change a lot is compassion.
Compassion – or a lack thereof – is at the source of nearly every issue we face today. Compassion for our fellow humans, compassion for our earth. Compassion could solve racism, sexism, global warming, homelessness, poverty … if every human was brimming with compassion, think of the possibilities. The society we might live in.