nathaniel eggleston, educator, camp director, public speaker, artist, and tzar of imagination
Why did you decide to make your gallery wall 3D?
My gallery wall is a collection of my memories, each of those moments were lived in 3D and the mementos that commemorate them happened to be 3D as well.
Which came first—the objects or deciding you wanted a 3D gallery wall?
All the objects came first. As I've traveled the world, I decided to collect a single article from each destination no matter what it was; a boar mask from Western China, a bike wheel frame i found on the Lower East Side, a piece from an artist in Park City, Utah, a photo I took from my family's cabin in Yellowstone, a calligraphy work from Japan, a propaganda poster from Russia. It all meant something and I wanted my home to tell a story of my life and be more than a collection of nice things from stores.
What is your gallery wall hanging method?
I lay it all out on the floor and feel it out and decide what works best, what tells the story that matters to me. I wanted to break the barrier of the molding in the 1931 apartment and be nontraditional with the setting, i'm nontraditional with almost everything. I didn't wanted it to fit neatly or be symmetrical. I wanted the pieces to feel added upon and collected so they trickle across the wall.
What is your favorite piece on the wall?
It's so hard to pick my favorite piece because each one has a story and a memory. But the round Baoulé crimson mask was a gift to me from a family I lived near in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire.
Any advice you have to people looking to make their gallery wall 3D?
Don't be afraid to tell a story with the pieces you choose. Like a good movie with a great plot twist, the story you tell with your gallery wall needs a design twist too.