I'm an artist/sculptor/photographer who's been living in France for seven years. I should also mention the second member of the house is tigger, the cat.
I'm busy both with my creative work, and with renovating two buildings which function as both home and workshop/studios. I have many creative friends and colleagues both in the area and further afield, and my aim is to be able to host other artists for periods of time, and to give them the space and opportunity to pursue their own work, as well as creating a rich and inspiring environment for collaborations and dialogue. In return I ask for some hours daily to help with creative and building projects. Life here is a balance between being very social, and also focused solitary time. I welcome anyone who embraces life, who is interested to learn new skills from working with me, and who can offer their help (and skills) in return for bed and food. I'm not exclusively looking for artists to help me at present - but anyone who thinks they might enjoy the exchange. However, people interested in the creative arts may particularly appreciate the environment.
Arten von Arbeit
Help in the house,
Cooking / shopping,
There are many things I need help with, from pointing and building stone walls, carpentry, welding, gardening, plaster and lime (stucco) rendering, assisting with photographic studio work, life modeling, those skilled at writing, sculptural projects, framing, computer skills etc.
english/french (with room for improvement!)
Comfortable, cozy and eccentric. There is a mezzanine bedroom in one studio, and another studio that converts into a bedroom. A luxurious bathroom with shower and bath, and the house is filled with paintings, sculptures and unusual furniture.
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Were based in a stunning part of France, situated in the foot hills of the Pyrenees mountains, close to hot springs, thermal swimming pools, beautiful lakes that you can swim in. Great local markets.. and challenging hilly cycle routes! There are fantastic views from the village, and great walks all over this area. The landscape is typically vineyards and oak forests.
Culturally this area is very rich, with events regularly hosted... from music, wine, dance and arts festivals.. and even the Limoux carnival in the nearby town which continues for three months every winter.
My Photo Album
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Host ref number: 18176549574a
Feedback left about host
von Eleanor [12.05.2013]:
We had an amazing time at Garth's. We stayed there 2 weeks and it was perfect to forget about the world and relax. We worked to the garden and to the construction of an outdoor bath....it's amazing all you can do in only two weeks!
Garth has fantastic stories from travelling and his life experience - even though he payed us for the feedback, all more
Ella and Brad have been a great help over the last two weeks - and really moved the garden projects along.
Ella cooks some fantasatic dishes, and was a pleasure to have in the kitchen, and was meticulous in the garden, turning weeding into a fine art. :)
Brad was a real help too in the digging, wood cutting and weeding side of things.
von host [23.03.2013]:
Sean has been a great help and good company - working above and beyond what was required and taking great pleasure and care in the jobs he was working on. Many thanks Sean - come again!
von Sean [10.04.2013]:
Garth is a vibrant and thoughtful artist, talented musician, great friend, and one of the best hosts I have come across in my travels. He has a beautiful home with a unique style and inspiration everywhere. Garth is a great cook and I always enjoyed sitting down to a meal with him to have a laugh or share stories. He has a great deal of wisdom more
von Eirik [10.02.2013]:
garth - what an inspiring man!
and meliana is a brilliant chef, making lovely food, cakes, well everything!
two weeks went by in an instant, lost in good food, nice company, interesting topics and of course really nice work.
we worked on the kitchen and we got to do a lot. garth is such a nice man to work with. always in a good mood, smiling, more
We were sorry to see Eirik leave - he's been great fun to have with us..
A hard working, warm, intelligent and dare I say 'intellectual' man in the best sense of the word - a talented piano player if you are lucky enough to have one to hand.
I enjoyed having him on the team and Meliana enjoyed his healthy appreciation and appetite for her more
von Carmel [22.05.2012]:
I stayed with Garth and Meliana and their adorable cat for a week and it was a perfect introduction to France! I helped them with gardening and other odd jobs as well as photography projects. They were excellent company and they even showed me around the area and we visited a few markets. I enjoyed working in the gardens and the food was more
Carmel stayed with us for a week and was a pleasure to have with us.
Calmly and thoroughly applying herself to all the jobs that needed doing, from gardening, oiling doors to helping on photographic projects.
She didn't even complain about our annoying cat!
Carmel is a bright, enthusiastic, well balanced individual.
Many thanks! And happy more
von Rose [17.06.2011]:
Truly amazing week spent there last year (sorry so slow at feedback!) Amazing time, amazing person with amazing friends and an amazing lifestyle! Thankyou!
von Meliana [07.02.2011]:
Garth, his home, and his lifestyle are the perfect embodiment of the French joie de vivre spirit. He has lovingly and meticulously converted two rustic barns into the quintessential artist's home and studio in a charming little town. The space is open, warm, and exudes an abundance of his effusive, eccentric energy, unique talents, and more
Meliana was a joy to have on board.
I've never met someone so organized and thorough in all the tasks she undertakes, applying her own logic to whatever jobs need doing.
She has great computer skills from marketing, website building and research, but is equally happy to get her hands dirty in the garden or painting and decorating.
Meliana has more
von Cheryl [28.06.2010]:
Garth is a bottomless well of information, experience, warmth, and spirit. I felt quickly welcomed into the lifestyle, the town, the family. We work hard, we play hard.
von David [27.06.2010]:
Living and working with Garth was an amazing experience. He is a peaceful, warm and engaged human and host, and made my time meaningful and valuable. We ate great food, spent a lot of time outside, with friends, and using our hands. I worked hard and also had a lot of time to relax and live the south of France life. I learned new skills, built more
David became very quickly part of the family.
The enthusiasm and energy of several people combined, David throws himself heartily into whatever tasks need doing with high spirits and determination however challenging.
Afte a long days work he would even offer to cook, learning new recipes as he went along, his passion to learn and grow always more
von Camille [16.11.2009]:
Beautiful Home. Beautiful Lifestyle. Beautiful Man.
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