Have you ever wondered where your art supplies come from? Have you ever considered what products are in your art supplies, or whether these products have been tested on animals?

Animals are not just in the obvious products we buy — food, clothing and fashion. Their remnants filter through to…


We are all human, therefore we are all artists.

The ability to create something out of nothing is art. Whether that’s writing, painting, cooking, gardening, singing, or music — this is all making. The universe is creating. We are connected to the universe, in a constant state of creation. …


Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Traditional Maori legends and rituals come from a Polynesian homeland. It is believed that everything has a spiritual essence — land, nature, and humans. This essence is called Mana. New Zealand practitioners of rongoa Maori, known as tohunga or healers, are offering their knowledge to the world.

I spent time…


Throughout my travels, I’ve lived in busy cities, remote mountain villages and in between. I’ve experienced cultures from all over the world. And one thing that has been consistent where ever I’ve traveled, is music. From the buzzing, European city streets, to the beaches of Bali, the temples of Tokyo…


A curious interest in traditional Bali, and a passion for learning about world music, led me to the tranquil town of Ubud. With Ubud’s pleasant climate due to its location, and its welcoming locals, I felt a warmth for this place the moment I stepped foot in the town. A…


The Bunun are a group of people indigenous to Taiwan. Their tribe is well-known for vocal traditions and song. I spent time in Taiwan, teaching English and travelling. Any moment I had the opportunity to escape city life and head to the hills, I took it. Indigenous culture, art and…


A few months ago, I spent an evening at The Eden Project, with Bruce Parry. He was showing his new film, Tawai. Bruce has spent years working on this project, hoping to reach our hearts with this story. Tawai is no comparison to his TV shows on the BBC. I’ve…


Levison Wood is a British writer, explorer and photographer. Last night, I ventured to the Hall for Cornwall — fighting against the ‘Beast from the East’ snowstorm, to experience an evening with Levison Wood and his good friend Alberto Caceres. Levison gave a talk about travel and why we put…


Starting a creative art business is hard. I’m sure starting any business is tougher than people expect. Staying curious, inspired and motivated is essential to keep moving forward.

Combining a love of creativity with wanting to share awareness of animal and wildlife rescue worldwide, drives me on. …

Maddy Couch

Writing about feelings

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