Natalie lived and worked as a stylist and filmmaker at the tail end of the 1990s before landing in New York to begin the great, big adventure that ultimately became Alabama Chanin. If you don’t know about Natalie’s journey, look back at this post, this post, and this post on our Journal and listen to 200 One-of-a-Kind Shirts at The Moth.
The German saying “Mann kann von luft und liebe leben” was a phrase she learned during this time as a stylist living abroad. It roughly translates to “one can live from air and love alone” or “nothing else in life is necessary but air and love”.
Those two words—air and love—were embroidered by Natalie many years ago onto a single rectangle of cotton jersey that was unearthed from our archives. More recently, the design hung on Natalie’s wall before emerging as our Air Love Tee which features hand beading by local artisans applied onto an organic t-shirt, made by our Bldg. 14 team.
Be thankful for love (each breath of air).
P.S.: A breatharian is a person who believes that it is possible, through meditation, to reach a level of consciousness where one can obtain all sustenance from the air or sunlight. While we don’t necessarily recommend taking up this lifestyle, we do believe that love can heal many things.
Love this story of your beginnings. Your beliefs are inspirational. I don’t have a large space, but I would be willing to host a workshop and provide our !00% grass-fed beef for a cook to make those delicious hamburgers. We raise the beef on our land and we are AWA approved: Dr. Baker’s Grassfed Beef. We don’t ship the beef; it is sold here only. The shipping is too costly and pollutes the environment.
Thank you for the kind offer, Vivian! I will be sure to send your message to our workshops coordinator.