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Havencore is centred on spaces one can use as a refuge and a hiding place, whether to escape danger or to simply be alone for a while. These spaces are both small enough to avoid being found for as long as one wants and large enough to be comfortable. The aesthetic's emotional aspects include the urge to run away, the desire to be hidden from the world, and the longing for warmth and safety.

Philosophy

Havencore bears similarities to Comfy/Cozy and Traumacore as those engaging in Havencore are seeking a comfortable, personalized, and hard to find place to get away from difficult situations and to heal from challenges and trauma. The more emotional elements of the aesthetic are crucial in its comprehension and differentiation. These include:

  • Feeling unsafe or unwelcomed in one's current environment
  • Feeling the need to hide from a person or situation
  • Wanting respite from life's demands
  • Wanting to avoid further trauma by running away
  • Not wanting to go home
  • Feeling safe when there are places to hide
  • Feeling safe when in solitude
  • Wanting to remain hidden

Visuals

The following visuals and the aesthetic's emotional aspects are to be considered in tandem.

  • Secret rooms
  • Tents
  • Treehouses
  • Tiny houses
  • Sheds
  • Attics
  • Blankets
  • Books
  • Stuffed animals
  • Comfort objects
  • Portable snacks
  • Lamps/flashlights
  • Pocket radios
  • Sleeping bags
  • Hiding places
  • Being alone
  • Running away/hiding from something or someone

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Fashion

These evoke a sense of warmth and safety, and don't get in the way if there is a need to run.

  • Sweaters
  • Cardigans
  • Jackets
  • Coats with hoods
  • Comfortable pants
  • Overalls
  • Beanies/toques
  • Patterned socks
  • Brown leather boots
  • Canvas backpacks/duffel bags (containing books, snacks, stuffed animals, etc.)
  • Water bottles/thermos bottles
  • Knitted clothing
  • Corduroy
  • Denim

Activities

The following activities can help pass the time while in one's hiding place.

  • Reading
  • Journalling
  • Writing stories
  • Drawing/painting
  • Listening to soft music
  • Cuddling with stuffed animals
  • Packing and storing snacks
  • Drinking something warm from a thermos
  • Watching movies projected on the wall
  • Personalizing hiding places
  • Collecting things
  • Stargazing
  • Catharsis/venting through media
  • Making backup plans in case this place is discovered
  • Keeping a lookout for unwanted company

Media

These either include characters and situations reminiscent of Havencore or could be a source of comfort while in one's hiding place.

Movies

  • Ernest and Celestine (2012)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  • The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
  • Weathering with You (2019)

TV Shows

  • Anne With an E (2017-2019)
  • The Moomins (1990)

Literature

  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Books by Beatrix Potter
  • Books by Jacqueline Wilson

Music

Artists

  • AURORA
  • Billie Marten
  • chloe moriondo
  • Jacob Collier
  • loving
  • Lullatone
  • Vashti Bunyan

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