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Greetings from another newbie

Hi there! I’m Erin and I’m the newest recruit on this Village Well block.

It’s a bit strange to write a newbie post now since I’ve actually been here almost three months now. THREE MONTHS. Time flies. Suffice to say, everything actually still does seem very new. Things are so busy here at Village Well that every day I’m learning huge amounts of new things.

A bit about me goes – I have spent the last 15 years of my life travelling and studying and basically testing out lots of interesting career-path directions. I’ve studied history (medieval history to be precise) and English Literature, as well as curating, cultural heritage, a bit of art history and now graphic design. In amongst all that I’ve luckily managed to try and quench my apparently unquenchable thirst for travel by happily traipsing through England and Europe, America and Canada, a bit of Asia and some of the incredible Middle East region (Syria, Jordan and Turkey to be precise). I’ve gotten to live in England and Canada as well as four cities (and counting…) in Australia. During this whole time I can honestly say that I’ve never been more happy than landing in a new place and knowing it’s entirely mine to explore and discover. In case you haven’t guessed it, being a gypsy was (and still is) my childhood dream.

I suspect that what led me to Village Well where I now find myself lucky enough to have landed a role as Junior Placemaker and Graphic Designer. A little secret is that I actually spied and fell in love with this company two years ago via a great article in The Age about Village Well and their contribution in bringing to life the brilliant places that are my beloved Melbourne laneways. To work within Village Well now and learn from amongst some of Australia’s best placemakers is pretty much a dream come true.

I think at Village Well what I’m looking forward to most is getting to really engage with community about what they want in their homes and living spaces and getting to brainstorm with them (and the Village Wellians) about how we can help that happen. We get to influence such major new projects and places as well as revitalise historic old ones. To see placemaking and the respect for living breathing culture pleases the intangible heritage addict in me no end. I love that here we are helping make the world a more creative, sustainable, diverse and fun place to live in, but that that can only really authentically happen by a democratic process of listening to communities.

I’ll leave you on that note. I guess the only thing I’ve forgotten to mention is that I’m ADDICTED to exploring the net and finding out about all the incredible projects and innovations that are going on out there. I get about 50 emails in my inbox every day and I’ve made a pact with myself to read at least five to ten of them everyday as well (no matter HOW busy I am, this is akin to breathing). There are some amazing things happening all over the world, all created by people who just want this world to be a place where everyone is learning about themselves, their neighbours and their communities, and basically enjoying life to its fullest. Rather than try to articulate that in any more detail, here’s a little list of blogs and websites that visually and intellectually inspire me every day. I’d suggest signing up for their daily or weekly e-letters and reading them first thing in the morning before the daily newspapers. Why? Because there’s nothing better than a breakfast of inspiring innovation before you set out to solve all those pressing world’s problems. Right!? Right!

My top go-to’s;

Good (and their daily e-letter The Daily Good)

PSFK

The Big Think

The 99%

Swiss Miss

design*sponge

Hyperallergic

Treehugger

Instructables (for the crazy home scientist in us all)

and lastly….the gypsy dream… One day soon I’m going to build one of these but that’s a whole other blog post for another time.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

One of my travel photos from a diner counter in one of the best places in the world – San Francisco. A city of gypsy dreams and stories for placemakers like me.

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