To FEMAIL is to design with
Everything is a work in progress,
left open ended,
always changing, and being
Camilla Carper and Janelle Abbott met at Parsons School of Design in 2008.
Their first encounter was in a dorm elevator. Camilla was far too nice and outgoing. Janelle was skeptical.
Later, the two formed a friendship over their shared love of adventure, childhood, and unbridled creative action. After college, both girls returned to their respective homelands on the West Coast: San Francisco and Seattle.
Their need to maintain a friendship from afar was resolved with FEMAIL: an art and fashion collaboration conducted remotely by sending work back and forth through the USPS. Each time the pair passes work from one to the next, new scraps and remnants are added, sometimes, things are taken away.
They work reactively, intuitively, and with commas, always. In this way, what is created by FEMAIL is a documentation of the duo's conversations and ultimately, their friendship.
FEMAIL’s third collection, AMPM, is about the individual’s journey through life. Some of us walk, run, or drive. Either way, we all make it from AM to PM in our own time and fashion. Often the fashions picked up along the journey linger as remnants and fragments, to reference the times that came before so that the future is ultimately built with the raw materials of our experiences past.
The theme of “road trip through life” is prevalent within FEMAIL’s AMPM collection and recent installation at Seattle’s Out Of Sight exhibition. What better way to conclude this celebration of life’s journey than through an actual road trip, where the garments of FEMAIL will take a trip down the West coast! From Seattle to Los Angeles, with Portland, Sacramento, and San Francisco along the way, FEMAIL will embark on a journey of film screenings, trunk shows, performances, and pop ups at stores and venues down the West coast. The goal is to get as many bodies as possible to grace the creations of FEMAIL, in order to spread the word about FEMAIL’s ultimate mission and message: the encouragement of self expression, the subversion of the fast fashion industry, the revolution necessary within the fashion industry, and the freedom of being FEMAIL.