Photography Michael Jones Fashion Claire O’Keefe Model Judit Piñol at View Management Barcelona
Judit Piñol was a full-time model living in London with her hair-stylist partner Michael. In 2013 they decided to up sticks and after 3 years traveling they settled in Judit’s home region of Empordà in northern Catalonia. As well as modelling and hair styling, they now brew beer and bake bread.
Dress by Antonio Rodríguez Pérez, body by Body Editions
The appeal of living here is that I can grow my own food, make bread, and other things from scratch
Vintage shirt by Celine, jeans by Levis both from Los Féliz, earrings by Keef Palas
Shirt by Medwinds, kkirt by Magnolia Antic, hat by Refresco, earrings by Keef Palas
Body by Body Editions, ‘Barretina’ Catalan hat Stylist’s own, ‘Ramallet’ earring by Keef Palas
Cardigan by Magnolia Antic, vintage playsuit by Christian Dior from Los Féliz, earrings by Keef Palas
Coat by Medwinds, hat by Los Féliz, shoes by Hereu
I feel like I am revisiting my old teenage self, the one that wrote Do It Yourself on school tables with a knife, only that this time I’m ‘doing it myself’
Cardigan by Magnolia Antic, body by Body Editions
Vintage shirt by Jaeger from Los Féliz
Shirt and skirt by Magnolia Antic
People are generally surprised:
– “Oh, you live here?”
– “But there is nothing to do!”
I’ll admit it, at first it was scary to think there would be no flat whites or matcha lattes around the corner. It took some persuasion and an antipodean boyfriend with an upside-down perspective to convince me to make the move to the region where I grew up.
This region is the Empordà, in Catalonia, the north-east of Spain. It’s beautiful, windswept at times, a place that morphs and transforms during the months of summer. The rawness and natural beauty of the coast have been exchanged for apartments and tourist enticements in some places, but a few spaces remain preserved, rewarding you with an insight into how it all looked long ago.
In many ways, moving here has liberated me from the self-imposed idea of “I’m young therefore I must live in a city” and it has taught me that it’s okay to go back to where you came from, after meandering a bit. Of course, there is a bit of self-doubt and wondering if we are doing the right thing, but hey, nothing is set in stone!
I do believe more and more that balance is the key, and that balance looks different for everyone and is in constant motion.
The appeal of living here is that I can grow my own food, make bread, and other things from scratch. I can try and rely a bit less on a system I don’t believe in. I feel like I am revisiting my old teenage self, the one that wrote Do It Yourself on school tables with a knife, only that this time I’m ‘doing it myself’.
So, here’s to hoping to reconnect to all those things that make us happy: the contemplation of nature, beauty in the simple things, a sense of community and belonging, a quiet space where we can just ‘be’.
By Judit Piñol
Judit and Michael are the founders of Doskiwis Brewing Co., in Monells, Catalonia, Spain.