by Aiano Nakagawa
The What’s Underneath Project gives people an opportunity to be the one in charge of telling their own story. This project allows us to learn the stories of each individual body. We learn what these bodies have gone through, what they have overcome, and what they are celebrating. So I feel that by the end when we see their (almost) bare bodies, we as viewers have developed a lens of compassion and appreciation for this person we haven’t ever met.
by Thérèse Chapman
AFO Guest Writer
Nestled in the walkway of West Seattle apartment complexes and restaurants resides Our Secret
Garden—a small niche filled with custom antique pieces and unique floral arrangements. Inside, shop
owners Alonzo Fernandez and David O’Connell take pride in creating artistic pieces where pops of
purple and green befriend driftwood towers and caverns.
“All people love flowers,” says a smiling Fernandez. “They are special in all different cultures; they
represent love and caring.” His favorite flower, an orchid, brings back a fond memory from Fernandez’s childhood in Mexico where one Mother’s Day his father brought home an orchid for his mother, a rare find in that region. Since then, Fernandez has held onto this flower’s beauty as a favorite.