Having posed the question “what brings you the most joy?” to family, friends, colleagues etc., we found a common theme of comforting domesticity across many of the answers. From cups of tea, warm showers, and cuddling pets to being in bed under clean sheets, watching a favourite film for the hundredth time, and listening to music alone, it seemed as though
the simple pleasures of everyday life brought people the most joy. We loved reading all the answers and added a few of our own, such as cooking for loved ones, seeing fresh snow, making someone laugh, watching the sunset, flicking through old photos and hearing great lyrics.
And so, The Joy Project was born – a continuous and ongoing creative collaboration between photographer, Fran Cattaneo, and collage artist and writer, Charlotte Paradise, which hopes to reflect how space and the subject inhabiting it compliment one another and how interrogating the personal can cause the ordinary to become extraordinary.
About the Artists
Fran Cattaneo, 22-year-old theatre enthusiast and a sucker for pretty things. Having read and seen it in performance a fair few times, Duncan McMillan’s Every Brilliant Thing is one of Fran’s favourite plays, about a young boy who makes a list for his mum of everything that’s brilliant about the world, everything that’s worth living for. Fran’s friends, family and those she surrounds herself with are her brilliant things, and she hopes this project does their brilliance justice. Instagram account tag: @francat_photography
Charlotte Paradise, 24-year-old vegan and Christian with an invisible disability. Five and a half years ago now, she got sick and became mostly house bound. The constant pain and limitations she lived with triggered depression and she was encouraged to art journal as a relief, which grew into her current and beloved art practice collage. It has brought her hope
and joy in the dark places and it feels aligning that she would now be using it to explore how others find and practice joy.
Instagram account tag: @journalinglife