la casa de inspiracion hosts Creative Potager and is the home studio gallery of artist, and photographer and writer Terrill Welch.
A warm, charismatic eco-friendly, timberframe and strawbale home la casa de inspiracion is a work of art created by Tracey Calvert between 2003 and 2006.
Many people ask about and come to visit la casa de inspiracion for her character and beauty but also because they have some connection through their own assistance in her building or through a friend.
Terrill shares this incredible space with her husband David L. Colussi. David wrote the following poem Dwelling, which is in three parts.
[1 DWELLING = ERROR]
Watching sunlight and darkness from this house of glass
suspended on the ridges of a valley,
the human history of dwelling plays across the scene in drama or in documentary.
Darkness dwells the way that we once did in wandering across the land.
Its home is east of the sun, where it moves ahead in gypsy fashion,
and west of the sun, where it follows as a hunter.
The hunter waits for the sunlight to hit the tops of western valley cliffs at progressively acute angles,
and when the sunlight overshoots the cliffs completely
the darkness rushes over the valley walls like water over Niagara Falls
and submerges all the valley into one big reservoir of night.
Presently it rises up and silvers all the windows and the stained glass tears.
This house of glass becomes a house of mirrors.
[2 DWELLING = INTROVERSION OBSESSION]
Now every light inside the house is captured in the window glass.
Everything that we illuminate is gathered and sent back for us to dwell on and elucidate.
The corner window down the hall shows part of my face in profile.
I look up through the skylight and against the tree tops seen in silhouettes
my hands are on the keyboard moving in some stopped-action like some marionettes.
The corners of the windows in the room downstairs contain some pieces of me I forgot were even there beneath the table.
I am all picassoed over on the window walls in fragments and distorted in stained-glass tears
because this house of glass has turned into a house of mirrors.
[3 DWELLING = HOME]
I work away at putting all my pieces back together.
Memories of things that happened decades long ago appear in casement window frames –
I turn my head
And see myself in childhood and remember questions that I thought I’d answered years ago.
They’re all still there waiting to present their supplementaries.
I wonder how I managed to survive with all these pieces some are missing some still there.
They fit together best when you are here.
la casa de inspiracion is located on Mayne Island, in the southern gulf islands off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.