a home that inspires
beauty, patience, and persimmons …
Read on for a conversation with artist alexzandria compton
Properties are powerful … a home can be so much more than simply a shelter.
Here in Marin County - especially on a street like Edgewood, with Mt. Tam looming large in the background - it’s impossible to not feel inspired. When Bay Area producer and creative director Alexzandria Compton reached out to us in search of the perfect location for her latest project, a striking editorial for Anyonegirl magazine, we knew that the airy interior of 440 Edgewood was just the place.
This is a beautiful project. What was your inspiration? What story does it tell?
For this editorial, I was inspired by Hoshigaki, which is the Japanese way of slow drying persimmons. It takes nearly two months time, but, by the end, their small bodies shrivel up into sweet, prismic confectionery. Due to the laborious nature of this process, but also its aesthetic charm, I consider them an aesthetic metaphor to represent the beauty of patience.
Tell us a little bit about the process. How did you go about conveying the story?
My idea was to hang hundreds of persimmons from the ceiling. A stunning cascade of floating little suns, in an ode to Hoshigaki fashion.
We love that you chose 440 Edgewood. What were you looking for in a location?
I needed special location with high ceiling beams, whitewashed interiors, and good, natural light. I wanted to keep the story a bit more conceptual, but without having to do it in the sterility of a photo studio. This is partially because this story was inspired by the realty of this process, but partially because it was about the representation of a psycological landscape. Our psycological landscpes are rarely not informed by our environments. A space that that had some character and age - without being distracting - was key.
How long did it take to put this project together?
This project took about a year of waiting and several months of coordinating to make happen. An entire team of people lent their hands and minds to bring this piece to life. I'm incredibly touched.
Photographer: Anna Linetskaya | Creative Director | Producer: Alexzandria J. Compton | Styling: Tori Secretario & Lauren Ardis | Hair and Makeup: David Searle | Models: Jackie Shuya Tan & Eileen Li | Set Dressers/Assistants: Sarah Von Sternberg | Phoenix Ritchie | Videography: Rob Schanz | Location Assistance: Logan Link