Sehnsucht has been referred to as “life’s longings”; or an individual’s search for happiness while coping with the reality of unattainable wishes: in other words, nostalgia for something we haven’t yet experienced. As I am the fifth and last generation in my family to raise sheep, Sehnsucht: Lamb is inspired by my family’s ranching heritage and the rich americana so present in “old west” hollywood like Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and one of my favorite westerns, The Man from Snowy River. I’ve drawn my colors from Rocky Mountain sunsets and mountainous landscapes across eastern Oregon and our country’s national parks. Taking style cues from Pendleton Woolen Mills, street style, 1940’s silhouettes, and 1840’s riding habits, I aim to appeal to strong, independent, urban women who long for a bygone era. To keep this collection sellable I focused on giving current trends and minimalistic streetwear a brighter vision with western styling.
"In speaking of this desire for our own faroff country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you -- the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name.”
- C.S. Lewis