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Dear The Shelter Blog :)
We are two artists from the UK who in July last year left the busy London life behind us to live in and to explore Europe and beyond. After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts with degrees in Fine Art in 2013, we moved out of our flat in London and traded the flat keys for a set of van keys, which we converted into our new home.
Our aim is to volunteer with projects around Europe, in order to gain experience in natural building and ecological living. We're trying to discover ways of living that aren't dominated by money and capitalism, where value is put upon gift and exchange to deepen inter-personal connection and equality. We spend 90% of our time doing work-exchange projects, having fabulously rich experiences in different cultures, communities, natural building and self-sufficient living, exchanging our help for food and living space. We create objects from recycled materials and waste plastic from the beach that we sell on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis. Holly is also a qualified Yoga teacher, teaching classes where she can (also pay-what-you-can-afford). We try to live simply, to explore, experience and to gain a greater connection with communities and the natural world.
Using the inspiration and knowledge we've gained from our journeys, we hope to build a hand-built space, using natural and recycled materials, for yoga and creativity, with particular emphasis on providing for those with learning difficulties or disabilities and/or past trauma.
We collate photography and short stories/descriptive writing online on our website:
Right now we're getting together our documentation of some of the methods of living a more sustainable life adopted by the families/eco-communities we've worked with throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
We're eager to share our journey, in the hope that it might inspire others to consider alternative ways of living, and to get connected with others interested in doing similar... So we're wondering whether you would consider featuring us on your (very inspiring) Shelter blog?
Best wishes and hope to hear from you :)
Holly & Angus
Yesterday Louie and I headed north to Queenie's for pumpkin/pecan waffles w/ whipped cream breakfast, then wandered around in Mendocino, then explored Fort Bragg, which hasn't yet succumbed to cloying cuteseyness (as has Mendocino).
I'm heading home now, just picked up a freshly-killed grey fox on the road, going to skin him, along with another fox (brought me by a friend) in my freezer. I end up with a beautiful skin, and a (usually) perfect skull.
I'll put up a few photos from this 3-day trip before heading south…
Melinda Koustousov shot this photo of them, mounted on a flatbed truck in the Mission district last weekend.
Three planets are lined up in pre-dawn skies right now, about 4-6:30 AM in these parts. Power girl Venus, Jupiter, Mars.
After breakfast, Louie and I took a long walk on the Guala beach.