Losgann: Sensitivity, Medicine, Hidden Beauty, and Power
“Losgann unites the elements of water and earth, bringing joy, delight and healing in its singing and hopping, and leading you to a sacred spring from which you may be refreshed and renewed.” (P. Carr-Gomm & S. Carr-Gomm. The Druid Animal Oracle.1996.)
As a child, I grew up in the countryside of Llandysul, Wales, with the field as my playground and animals asmy companions. There has always been an understanding between me and nature; I utilize it as a channel for life. At a young age, I was introduced to growing fruit and vegetables as a small source of our household food supply. We work and nurture the land while receiving sustenance in return.
Sustainability became a subject dear to me for years to come. My family and I later moved to the Philippines where we built a new home. My father was an exceptional carpenter. As construction came nearer and nearer to it’s completion, the workers started to disappear and the fine details just needed were the furniture. My mother and I helped make our new belongings so working with wood and other natural materials have always had a familiar presence to me.
With all of these influences introduced to me throughout childhood, the interest of the subject has always remained close to me. With my curiosity about sustainability ever-growing, Losgann has also been a self-exploration of a greater level of self-sufficiency of which I felt the need to experience.
The location of the project lies within the small coastal Town of Newport, North Pembrokeshire, in which different levels of self-sufficiency can be found in homes and various eco-communities.
One of the locations includes the home of John Seymour. Seymour was a prolific author in the self-sufficiency movement, as well as an activist against consumerism, industrialisation, genetically modified organisms, cities, and motorcars. Seymour’s presence therefore attracted like-minded people who began to settle and congregate in the area.
Their existence shares a close relationship with the land and living creatures that share it with them. They utilise the land as a source of life as it supplies them with most of what they need such as food, warmth, shelter, and sanitation— everything required to live comfortably. These are provided by the earth, in return for respecting and protecting the rich soil that lays before them all.