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Artist Couple Leave London for Van Dwelling

This is the story of how two artists from the UK left the busy London life for van dwelling after graduating from art school.

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.

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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:

Learn more: www.makingitupaswegoalong.com

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Mike October 29, 2015, 11:51 pm

    My feeling of your lifestyle can be summed up in one word: BRAVE!
    I wish I could live life like you!

  • Porcsha S. October 31, 2015, 9:27 pm

    I totally agree with their work. Our monetary system is truly broken and we are all doing a dance to stay in money’s clutches. I continue to pray/wish for a resource based society and the more people continue to follow in these people’s footsteps to more we can end all the debt that keeps us tangled within. If I weren’t as sick I would work toward their vision as well. Exceptional work!

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