Daydreams: From Our Earth
Tucked away in their leafy home, Marianne Roussety and Ben Rayner are busy crafting their best lives.
We sat down with the lovers to talk all things creation, inspiration and location.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves – Where are you originally from and what made you move to Byron?
Ben: I am from Adelaide and Marianne is from Quebec, Canada. We did a road trip up the East Coast 2 years ago and needed some mulah, so we thought Byron would be the perfect place to settle down for a while and earn some. We did so for 5 months and then continued the van journey back to Adelaide. We moved back up to Byron at the start of the year and plan to stay for long time now.
What is it that you do here?
Marianne: Since we moved here, Ben and I have been working on our little business called ‘From Our Earth Art’. We create eco-friendly art and pottery. I also got offered a job as a social media manager and I really enjoy it, it is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people.
Ben: I work on an organic farm Monday’s in Mullumbimby. I am a carpenter by trade, but have no real desire to work in the building industry again. I have been taking photos since I was 16 – Marianne and I have taken heaps of photos for clothing brands, so I am now pursuing a career in photography. Which is really exciting for me as carpentry was sucking to much life and energy from me.
What are you working on at the moment?
Ben: I am working with some friends on a project called The Green Room, which is a Business specialising is Design, Animation, website building and photography.
Marianne: Still working on creating more eco-friendly art, finding new ways to be more sustainable. It is definitely challenging but so rewarding.
What got you interested in art and living consciously ?
Ben: Marianne definitely got me way more interested in art, she taught me how to create acrylic flow paintings and I learnt so much from her. I have always felt a deep connection to nature, ever since I have been camping with my family from a very young age. It’s something we all have to do. Mother Earth has given us everything in life, so we must care for her as she has cared for us.
Marianne: My Dad taught me to draw at a very young age, and since then I have always been very creative. From drawing, painting, making jewellery to now making pottery. I have tried pretty much everything haha! For the past 3 years I have been focusing on painting and have recently learned to make pottery. To be conscious is just necessary… We should all be thankful for what nature has given us and therefore we need to care for it. It may seem hard to be conscious sometimes but it is 100% possible. Ben and I have been pretty much living plastic-free for the past few months and it’s been great!
What keeps you here? Can you list 3 favourite things about Byron Bay?
Ben: The Beautiful beaches and waves. Open minded locals and travellers and the energy and history of Byron Bay and The Indigenous Arakwal people.
Marianne: Byron is such a special place. It has my heart! I love the nature, the beaches. I love how free people are here. Byron is a great place to explore creative paths or even to discover new passions.
What is something you hope to give back to Byron with you being here?
We hope to give back the positive energy Byron has given to us and to leave as little trace as possible, tread lightly.