As many children do, I grew up bouncing in between my mother's and my father's worlds. This provided me with an opportunity to actively participate in two different ways of living. The perspective this experience provided inspired me in many ways throughout the last 20 years. My fathers world taught me the importance of hard work and focused determination. My mothers world taught me the importance of community and the strength of family. As an artist, I recognize that we all have inside us teachers & students, healers & soldiers, creators & destroyers. Knowledge is power. When we acknowledge our power we must also embrace our responsibility. As a passionate artist, I see the world through my own looking glass and envision a community in which we all take care of each other. In my experience, living with other artists helps to nourish the muse. As a spiritual person, I embrace my existence as pivotal and equally insignificant. My beliefs strongly affect my personal choices and I openly embrace diversity. I have long envisioned a community of people who operated as a family, taking care of each other by openly sharing skills and projects the way villages have in the past. While the romantic ideal may not meet the speed of our current society, The Fire Well Community is challenging the notion by developing a modern network of collective living. And yes, this is my baby...growing and developing. Like a child discovering the world for the first time, we are in the beginning stages and exploding with new ideas. The goal of the Fire Well Collective is to develop a network of households throughout the greater metro area. Each of the participating houses offer “room & board” for a combination of money and barter. Our policy of incorporating the barter of skills sharing throughout the collective of households lowers overall costs of living and encourages community support and involvement. In short we are creating an interdependent community of people, a family.
Welcome to The Fire Well Collective.
I hope you enjoy your stay.