It was here that Mud Girls, an all-woman natural building collective, got their start in 2004. Founded by Lasqueti Island-resident Jen Gobby, the collective specializes in building compact energy-efficient homes, cabins, and sheds using cob - a clay mixture of sand, clay, straw, and water - and whatever materials are readily available.
Over the years, the Mud Girls have built affordable, artful structures (often with feminine curves) all over western British Columbia. As part of their practice, the collective also preaches what it practices by sharing their expertise with those interested and spreading their brand of eco-conscious design through community workshops.
Dwell caught up with Gobby, who has been studying environmental studies and anthropology at McGill University in Montreal for the last year, to ask what about she hopes Mud Girls can achieve and how this collective not only empowers women, but helps build a better society.
Carren Jao is an arts, architecture and design writer from Manila, Philippines now based in Los Angeles. She’s written for local and international publications like Bluprint, Contemporary Art Philippines, Angeleno and the Architect’s Newspaper. She relishes exploring new cities by walking its streets, taking public transportation and listening to its residents’ stories. Find out what else she’s up to at http://carrenjao.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter @ccjao.