Rekka is a cartoonist and writer & Devine makes esoteric software. We have been sailing around the Pacific Ocean since 2016. We have sailed from Canada, down to Mexico, over to French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, The Marshall Islands and all the way to Japan.
Together we work at a small research studio aboard a sailboat called Hundred Rabbits, where we do experiments in resilience and self-reliance using low-tech solutions.
The ways in which we spend our time vary wildly from day to day, but we focus on experimental research. Our interests include alternative ways to store power and minimum viable solutions for technological tooling. Read more about our design philosophy
In 2012, we moved to Japan. Rekka was working in an animation studio, and Devine, in a company that makes language learning tools. On weekends and evenings, we worked on our first two games: Hiversaires and Oquonie (the latter was completed in Thailand).
After we returned to Canada in 2014, we decided that we wanted to keep moving, and so we looked at our options. Moving to a new country meant selling all we had, we'd done this countless times already, but we thought it wasteful. We then heard of people living on sailboats. We watched videos by David Wellsford, Teresa Carey and Nike Steiger, and became obssessed with the idea. Lack of experience aside, we thought that traveling was a good catalyst for learning new languages, for developing an interest in foreign cultures and ultimately for building empathy, curiosity, and creativity, traits that we will need to foster, as a species, if we want to survive the years to come.
In January 2016, we left the cold of Montreal and moved west to British Columbia. There, we purchased Pino — keep in mind, we were a pair of city kids with limited outdoor experience, neither of us had ever stepped onto a sailboat before. That, did not deter us. We learned on the go, reading books and asking questions to other sailors on the docks.
Our curiosity then led us to make our first trip out to sea, which escalated into a circumnagivation of the Pacific Ocean.
Our experiences at sea has changed how we work, and how we think. To hear more about this, listen to the talk we did at XOXO in 2019.
Our goal, is to:
A nomadic life, we think is a way to inject some impermanence into our lives. For more information about our goals, read our mission statement