4 days later we were done with this art research and left Ljubljana. Following Flavien’s advises, a friend of us from France, we went East to meet Robi a friend of him. Robi is a civil engineer who realized after one week working in that field that this job was not made for him. He then decided to quite his job and get into self construction. With his girlfriend Tjasa they built a small house which is strongly influence by the « Tiny house » concept. This concept is very popular in north America. The idea is to build a small house on a trailer to have the comfort of a house and to be moveable at the same time. Robi and Tjasa adapted this concept to their need. Their Tiny House is not on wheel but you can move it if needed with a crane. They settled on Robi’s parent land and started a very productive garden. Today they live off their garden and courses that they give about their way of living and gardening on a small scale.
Their website: www.obilje.si
When we got there we spoke for two hours with them, but we could have spoke all day long. Robi accepted to help us looking for a house in the countryside. He had already planed a tour with place he thought could be good for us. Once again we realized it’s much more difficult to find interesting house for our project in Europe. A lot of them were abandoned because people thought there were too old. The only people living in this kind of houses were either old or poor. They were all ashamed and afraid at the same time. They were ashamed to host us in such old and dis-repaired houses. They were afraid to host stranger, and afraid thinking about what the neighbor will thought about that. Robi tried his best to help us. He always introduced us, explained our project and tried to find a link between him and them. Like a common acquaintance or places that they both knew. Nothing worked, specially when one of the lady we tried to make contact with told us that she just heard on the radio « don’t open your door to strangers ». After 3 hours searching we gave up. We got the chance to see some good examples of houses and saw a very nice watermill where the villager used to come to grind the corn.
We left Slovenia, heading for Italy, with once again a feeling of failure cause we didn’t do any analysis. Hopefully we met some great people. Robi and Tjasa were very interesting and their way of living for sure raises questions on the way we live, consume and produce.This entry was posted in News