“I met a British guy over in Sydney a few years back. So I left Uni and came here to be with him. I don’t regret my decision, not at all – I was following my dream when I was studying in Sydney, and once I met him I went with my gut. I’d strongly encourage anyone to follow their intuition in the same way; because if it feels right, then the rest will work itself out.
And, well, I’ve move here and we’re engaged now, so things have worked out really well. I only see better things to look forward to”
Luis: We studied together in illustration, she works for a newspaper that I illustrated for, he is a skill full illustrator and he is a fashion professional in character – is that a good description.
Rafael: We met five minutes ago for the first time.
Manrutt: But it was planned. We have kept in touch through Instagram, and then Luis told us he was coming to London, so we all arranged this day to finally meet in person.
Luis: I never been in London before so I came with my husband for three days and then I messaged the group to say I’m here and we should meet.
Jeremy: Plan today? We don’t have any plan for the day. We don’t have any plan you know… artists(!)
Manrutt: It is really important to connect. Working individually as a freelancer can be very isolated. Sometimes we are treated very poorly by others in the industry. So it is good to meet other like-minded artists to share our stories, exchange opinions, and to know I have support and not to suffer in silence. This will build a genuine, loving, and supportive community. In the world of social media where everything is consumed digitally, I miss and value human contacts. This can become rare in the capital city and I would like to break this cliche and do it more often.
From left to right:Manrutt, Luis Camargo, Rafael Zugliani, Ana, Jeremy Combot
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“I became an animal welfare activist about a year ago. I have my own cat, who I adore, but I love all animals in general. I became a vegetarian too as I can’t say that I care for animals but then go around eating them. Nothing against the taste or health, but I couldn’t support it with my love for all creatures. So I help charities to market their causes; and even though I cannot go along to these places a lot, I give my financial and online support where I can.
Outside of my job I’m also in two music bands – the music always helps me to express my emotions, pain and anger about the world’s imperfections and the more people know me and my views the more they could possibly understand and start thinking in more compassionate direction.”
Check out Atashi Tada’s Instagram pages for more on her music: @dicepeople and @elysiandivide
No I’m originally not from London I grew up in Somerset. There’s not all that much to do there. I cut grass, I milked cows, all the essentials to make it in the big city, and then I came to London
…He’s still not really from London… I’m from Surrey.
Ok, so I stay near Kingston.. so the most westerly of London. The two of us met by the river while we were cycling. Since I was young, I’ve had a passion for cycling, and.. well, she owns a tractor.
It’s really not a tractor. It’s just a heavy bike and he has to carry it up and down our stairs now ha! It is pretty heavy I’ll admit.
It’s pretty much similar to a B.S.A. Truck. You can’t change the wheel without taking the breaks off, a lot like our relationship. You need a shift rod to switch gears, so you could call it a rod cycle, but then that sounds a bit dirty too.
It used to always make a clicking sound when I cycled but he managed to fix it.
Basically when it stopped clicking, it clicked; that’s both the bike and again like our relationship.
We’re both from a small town called Bradford-upon-Avon. And we knew each other vaguely all those years ago.. I had a bit of a crush on him I think, He’s a bit older than me, but I just always thought he was really cool.
(Me: I can tell.. He looks it!)
…you mean the ‘looking older’ bit, right? haha
I live in London and work as a producer, one day I walked into one of the local libraries when I was location scouting.
Once every week, I volunteer at a community library nearby. And so this one day, she came in and I recognised her… I couldn’t place from where, but I just had the sense that I knew her
…oh i knew straight away, and had a big smile on my face. So we got talking a bit but didn’t meet again for a while.
She left me smiling… I really wanted to see her again and thought about her a lot. But I was out of the country so much – I had already planned my year so tightly without factoring something like this happening.
There were times I flew back to London and I would have to get straight on a train elsewhere. We’d grab a cup of coffee outside her work or at a train station if we were lucky! Eventually, after returning from a trip to Indonesia, Ruth came to meet me at the airport and we took the sleeper train together to Glasgow, and it just clicked really. We knew there was a connection. That was 7 months ago now.
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