Inspired to “touch the earth lightly” – the Australian indigenous proverb adopted by Glenn Murcutt (Pritzker Architecture Prize) – I enjoy a life-long acuity that humans are, and belong to, more than the “sum of their parts” (Aristotle).
From the childhood tadpole egg-to-frog raising girl who loved slipping down the shearing chute and sloshing ’round the dairy, an early adopter of CAD* and internet enabled media technologies, appears incongruous to some. To me, these pursuits are usefully and perfectly balanced in our changing world.
In a nutshell, my journey transitions imperfectly across 7 significant evolutionary stages:
1. Responsible eldest child in a large family where education and discipline were highly valued.
2. Carer: nursing, family-raising & nurturing – gifts of immeasurable reciprocity in love, combined with various charitable & volunteer contributions, kept and keep my spirits colourful.
3. Architectural designer: exploring what was under the paint, qualifications in interior design, architectural design & drafting grounded my love of art, creativity & our dwelling places.
4. Holistic management (Allan Savory, 1999) ignited the essence of my unconscious knowing; altering my path forever.
5. Learning to live in concert with the land, a decade of farming availed the critical effort, & the magnificence of producing food & fibre. At the same time, this enviable experience emphasised the often small, but far-reaching impacts humans can effect on local & wider ecological communities.
6. Committed to life-long learning, 2014-15 is my final year undertaking the Bachelor of Ecological Agricultural Systems (BEAS) course. The BEAS reinforces my mission to encourage & strengthen relationships between rural & urban communities.
7. Human ecology, ecophilosophy – or as Arne Næss (1912-2009) nominates: ecosophy – together with the embrace of immersive experiences (phenomenology) weave the journey above together and, with mindfulness, help me make sense of the opportunities emerging technologies and human creativity afford agroecology as a sustainable way into the future – for the future of our grandchildren’s grandchildren, and for our own immersion in the beauty & wonder nature yields for our pleasure daily.
Emerging today, Archecolour, arguably my non de plume, pulls together the fundamental elements of three passions.: architecture + ecology + colour.
Archecolour salutes the interconnectedness of humans, the shelters we demand and inherent ecological niches (environments) as we live, love and interrelate.
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*Computer aided design