More Than A Banana Reimagining an Iconic Wardrobe Staple
by Jenni Earle with Photography by Liz Nemeth
After emerging from a debilitating depressive episode that nearly cost her her life, Jenni Earle was seeking a way to reconnect with her voice and authenticity. She also wanted something tangible she could carry around that would remind her, the next time the going got tough, of her courage, a talisman of sorts, and it led her to think of her grandfather’s bandanas. These intentions, combined with her artistic vision and skill, led to the design of her first bandana inscribed with the words be brave.
It was a mantra, Jenni learned, that resonated far and wide, as people shared their own stories of courage and took her bandanas home for themselves and their loved ones. In the years since, many other mantras have inspired bandanas, and in the book, Jenni shares some of the stories behind them.
Jenni’s greatest hope is that these stories reach down into your heart and spark action toward your truest, most authentic self. It all starts with courage.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Jenni’s story is as beautiful and heartfelt as her mission. Both are woven into her bandanas and presented exquisitely in ”More Than a Bandana”. Textiles can be practical items, but in some cases — and in Jenni’s world — they can be treasures: carried and adored and passed down with stories and soul attached.”
—Serena Dugan, founder, Serena + Lily and Serena Dugan Studio
“I knew if her work had resonated with me so deeply than others would benefit also, so I pitched a story all about bandanas which ultimately ran and featured Jenni’s work. It was a delight to include her pieces as I hoped readers would find the same encouragement her mantras gave me. Every time I wear one of her bandanas it makes me think of the authenticity she pursues in her work—a valued reminder as I move through the day, bandana knotted tight.”
—Alisha Williams, deputy design director, Magnolia Journal
Like any great symbol, a Jenni Earle bandana calls us to action: to believe, to create, to press on when things are tough. I am constantly inspired by what these wearable works of art represent – strength, tenacity, the power of family, the limitlessness of self-learning. I find incredible value in a thoughtfully handmade craft, woven through and through with a compelling story.”– Dolan Geiman, mixed media artist