21 Feb 2019

Laurie Nouchka

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The many extraordinary things that Laurie does are tied together by two threads: bodies and buildings.

As a visual artist, Laurie works on mediums as varied as sports fashion and inner city buildings. She is behind an eponymous brand that turns the human body into a canvas for architectural designs, as well as the co-founder of a community-driven arts project, Walls on Walls. She is also a yoga teacher and massage therapist, and says that "ultimately I use my skills in both my creative and embodied work to create my own responses as well as supporting others to do the same."

Why do you do what you do?

Because i've found a way to be both creative myself and support others to do the same.

Because ultimately i love to learn and i do that by both creating, sharing and observing.

Also, because i like the challenge. Doing your own thing, paving your own way can be scary and i love that element of the unknown, it's very life affirming. To be a great teacher or sharer of your self, ideas, and knowledge you have to really know yourself. It's a life long journey but there's so much joy in that discovery for myself and how also appreciating that might affect another.

What's one thing that your work has taught you that you wish everyone knew?

My work has taught me to trust in the process and to breathe well. To let go of trying to determine the outcome. In any case, often the outcome is so far from what you expected.

I still plan and have a certain amount of parameters in place but that's because i'm still learning to trust that process to the point where i no longer feel the need to do that. I think it's possibly a muscle you have to train and then it just becomes automatic. It doesn't come naturally to me but, forgive the irony, i'm determined to get there.

What advice has most influenced or assisted you recently?

I'm head deep in yoga philosophy most of the time. I'm so far from fiction these days but i do hope to come back to it. Ram Dass is a constant source of wisdom for me, as are so many great yogis out there who are really going through the motions and sharing in that process.

I'm not a big fan of Instagram generally but i've recently discovered its great benefits for small nuggets of wisdom that you can digest in the middle of the day when getting into a book isn't necessarily possible. Not one line quotes as such but real life experiences people are having and sharing in ways that with a bit of consideration can be distilled in a brief paragraph. Great reminders in their own way that we are all in our thinking minds way too much.

What are your plans or ambitions for the next 6 months?

I have two main focuses for the next 6 months.

A large scale art project/collaboration which will work with a residential community in Camden and a number of amazing artists across a range of disciplines over 4 months.

Alongside this, taking every day to become a better yoga guide. I recognise that today is the best i can be but i'm excited about all the experiences available, all the wisdom to unearth within myself and all the learning to be had - both internally and externally. I trust in the process, but doesn't mean i can't look forward to it.

What's your morning routine?

The day always begins with some sort of physical activity - either a yoga class, self practise or a swim in the local outdoor lido.

For breakfast it can range from porridge with a ton of different toppings or i'm more into fasting these days and having a smoothie or eggs around midday. Not very imaginative i know but i'm at the point where i listen to my body and am pretty sure i know what it needs at any given time.

Laurie Nouchka // Walls on Walls