Hannah Bailey is the brains behind Neon Stash, and one of the most motivated, creative and positive people we know. Who could be better as our first guest contributor? Hannah will be posting regularly for Coven Magazine and we can’t wait to see what she brings!
We asked Hannah a few questions to find out more about what makes her tick.
What’s your life philosophy?
Take photos, tie-dye everything, do good things and be inspired.
How would you describe yourself?
A proactive procrastinator who enjoys every day adventures and pottering.
What is it about boardsports which appeal to you?
Boardsports simply make life more fun and people happier. I love shredding as you get to use the environment in an eco-extreme way. The world is your playground if you have a board under your feet! But it’s also the culture, trends and friends that go alongside it. The secret to a good life…
Have long have you been skating/surfing/snowboarding?
The first time I ever tried snowboarding was when I ran to the mountains to do a season many years ago. That was a life changing decision! Skate has been a newer found hobby of mine, taking it up this summer and spending many a morning in the park with my new friends. With surfing I’ve been ‘splashing’ around in the water for a few years now… I’m no pro but I love it all!
What is Neon Stash?
Neon Stash is an entity and agency that works on colourful projects and ideas in both work and play. It started as a blog a couple years back and is now a creative agency working across PR, campaigns and special projects in the industry. It also contributes and collaborates on lots of different things from photography to features.
What were you doing before Neon Stash?
I wasn’t really sure what I was doing in life after leaving school so I got a bit lost in the real world. But one winter I ran to the mountains, found snowboarding and realised that’s what I wanted to be surrounded by. Then I got a job in the industry and Neon Stash was a result of my passion for all things board related combined with all the opportunities brands/people gave me (thanks!!).
What are your goals with it?
Neon Stash has no set goals. It wasn’t planned so each day I just enjoy the challenges and projects it gives me. It works well that way! I’m a one-man band at the moment, so it takes a lot of time and commitment, but I love it. I want to continue to spend time on fun projects, collaborating with people on ideas, whilst taking lots of pictures and making things happen!
Can you tell me more about your love of analogue photography?
I love flaws! Digital photography is so perfect and enhanced, it’s almost unreal. You take a picture of something and make it look too good; it gives an unachievable vision of the world. Analogue is real and imperfect, like us as everyday people! It took thought, time and effort to get that snapshot so is much more meaningful. I’m analogue obsessed!
And your love of craft?
At school I was rubbish at art as I’m no good at drawing so grew up to think I wasn’t creative. But then I realised there are a lot of outlets for creativeness and a big one for me is colour causing. I love tie dying as you give something bland a personality. Plus it’s a talking point and makes people smile. Dylon (the dye company) hook me up with all the colour I need in life for projects and generally dying everything white I own.
What’s important to you?
Getting stuff done, making friends happy, feeling inspired, brainstorming ideas and laughing a lot.
And what do you dislike?
Olives, when the wind blows against you when you’re cycling, judgemental eyes and people wearing sunglasses indoors.