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Who you are. How you feel inside. Where you live.


As an artist, I illustrate and educate about marginalised experiences for positive change.

With a focus on identity, belonging and expat life, I help people to navigate β€˜otherness’.

‘OTHERNESS’ isolates.

It creates division, prejudice and suffering.

We are all someone else’s ‘other’

Drawn to a Story exists to redress the imbalance

DRAWN TO A STORY with Cath Brew

With a surname like Brew, I think it’s just plain rude to not drink coffee. Right?

Drinking coffee creates space for me to reflect, listen deeply and ignite transformation within others.

Let my clients tell you for themselves:





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πŸ”₯ Custom Illustrations for Sale πŸ”₯ "Cath Brew πŸ”₯ Custom Illustrations for Sale πŸ”₯
"Cath Brew was extremely fun to work with and created a special memory that will last a lifetime." - AR

A wedding gift, farewell present or a birthday surprise for friends and family.

Personalised to your needs.

Orders and enquiries: https://www.drawntoastory.com/shop/custom-illustration/

πŸ”₯ Custom Illustrations for Sale πŸ”₯
"Cath Brew was extremely fun to work with and created a special memory that will last a lifetime." - AR

A wedding gift, farewell present or a birthday surprise for friends and family.

Personalised to your needs.

Orders and enquiries: https://www.drawntoastory.com/shop/custom-illustration/
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Danger signs always slightly worry me when you can Danger signs always slightly worry me when you can't understand them. 

Will I see it coming whatever this danger is?
Will I hear it first?
Will it jump out at me?
What do I do to avoid it? 
Should I climb a tree or do I run? Which is safer?
Shall I make noise to frighten it off or will that attract it?
Is it poisonous?
If it bites me, should I get to hospital or keep still.

My spouse always laughs nervously at the big poster my mother has in her laundry. It's a spider identification poster and tells you which spiders to avoid (Duh...ALL of them I hear you shout!), which ones will will make you sick, which ones can kill you and which ones are harmless. 

It makes me laugh because I grew up with these animals, but they didn't and the myriad of information must be daunting. 'I'll just stay in bed then', they say, before I tell them about the white-tailed spiders I used to find in my bed. πŸ˜†

True.

Danger signs always slightly worry me when you can't understand them.

Will I see it coming whatever this danger is?
Will I hear it first?
Will it jump out at me?
What do I do to avoid it?
Should I climb a tree or do I run? Which is safer?
Shall I make noise to frighten it off or will that attract it?
Is it poisonous?
If it bites me, should I get to hospital or keep still.

My spouse always laughs nervously at the big poster my mother has in her laundry. It's a spider identification poster and tells you which spiders to avoid (Duh...ALL of them I hear you shout!), which ones will will make you sick, which ones can kill you and which ones are harmless.

It makes me laugh because I grew up with these animals, but they didn't and the myriad of information must be daunting. 'I'll just stay in bed then', they say, before I tell them about the white-tailed spiders I used to find in my bed. πŸ˜†

True.
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πŸ”₯Greetings Cards for Sale πŸ”₯ That oh so famil πŸ”₯Greetings Cards for Sale πŸ”₯
That oh so familiar question..... 
Β£2.95 single card. Packs of 10 also available.

6 x 4β€³
Blank inside
Gloss coated print
Envelope included

https://drawntoastory.com/shop/but-where-are-you-really-from-blank-6-x-4-greeting-card/

πŸ”₯Greetings Cards for Sale πŸ”₯
That oh so familiar question.....
Β£2.95 single card. Packs of 10 also available.

6 x 4β€³
Blank inside
Gloss coated print
Envelope included

https://drawntoastory.com/shop/but-where-are-you-really-from-blank-6-x-4-greeting-card/
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I'll be answering all your LGBTQ+ again live. See I'll be answering all your LGBTQ+ again live. See you soon.

I'll be answering all your LGBTQ+ again live. See you soon. ...

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πŸ”₯ 'Roots and Wings' Tshirt for Sale πŸ”₯
A perfect addition to the wardrobe of any expat, global nomad or adult third culture kid.

https://drawntoastory.com/shop/hummingbird-tshirt/
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At least with limited travel in a pandemic, we're At least with limited travel in a pandemic, we're not doing this.

It's weird isn't it? You feel like you've told this person that story already...haven't I? Or was that this morning to my old school friend? No, I think I'm sure I've told you this before. Stop me if I have.

The quickest way to think you're going mad is to travel home and answer the same few questions about your life abroad. 

What are your tricks to stay sane? Some stories for some people and others for others? Or get in first and ask them questions all about their lives?

At least with limited travel in a pandemic, we're not doing this.

It's weird isn't it? You feel like you've told this person that story already...haven't I? Or was that this morning to my old school friend? No, I think I'm sure I've told you this before. Stop me if I have.

The quickest way to think you're going mad is to travel home and answer the same few questions about your life abroad.

What are your tricks to stay sane? Some stories for some people and others for others? Or get in first and ask them questions all about their lives?
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What do you do? What have been your solutions to f What do you do? What have been your solutions to feel like you're not going without?

Volunteer as a dog walker?
Look after the grade 4 class hamster at weekends?
Feed the local cats?
Enjoy the native wildlife?
Sit in the park to talk to dog walkers?

Share your tips and tricks.

What do you do? What have been your solutions to feel like you're not going without?

Volunteer as a dog walker?
Look after the grade 4 class hamster at weekends?
Feed the local cats?
Enjoy the native wildlife?
Sit in the park to talk to dog walkers?

Share your tips and tricks.
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πŸ”₯ 'Dog lost in Transition' tshirt for Sale πŸ”₯
Celebrating our expat pets!
When we move countries, it’s new languages all round!

Range of colours and sizes available.

Get yours now https://drawntoastory.com/shop/dog-lost-in-transition-tshirt/
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Learn about THE 'A' TEAM: Asexuals and Aromantics.
What do it mean in reality and for relationships?
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πŸ”₯ Journal and Notebooks for SALE πŸ”₯ 'The Glob πŸ”₯ Journal and Notebooks for SALE πŸ”₯
'The Global Mind' is the perfect tool for budding writers.

Collect your daily thoughts in a journal themed to match your mind πŸ™‚ 

https://drawntoastory.com/shop/the-global-mind-journal/

πŸ”₯ Journal and Notebooks for SALE πŸ”₯
'The Global Mind' is the perfect tool for budding writers.

Collect your daily thoughts in a journal themed to match your mind πŸ™‚

https://drawntoastory.com/shop/the-global-mind-journal/
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Nature can be so important for mental health. It's Nature can be so important for mental health. It's been my great joy and I'm lucky to live where I can escape into it easily. 

But any distinct change in environment will take some getting used to. Another layer of adjustment that sometimes I don't think we pay enough attention to. 

If you're a city person and you're now based in a small rural area, it might be mind numbingly boring for you. If you grew up in the desert and now live in a bustling city, the constant noise may give you anxiety. 

If you can't get to the forest, bring the forest to you. Use apps and recordings from places of nature. Bring the ocean into your apartment and use your senses to soothe your soul.... that is, until you can get back to THAT geographical location in person.

Nature can be so important for mental health. It's been my great joy and I'm lucky to live where I can escape into it easily.

But any distinct change in environment will take some getting used to. Another layer of adjustment that sometimes I don't think we pay enough attention to.

If you're a city person and you're now based in a small rural area, it might be mind numbingly boring for you. If you grew up in the desert and now live in a bustling city, the constant noise may give you anxiety.

If you can't get to the forest, bring the forest to you. Use apps and recordings from places of nature. Bring the ocean into your apartment and use your senses to soothe your soul.... that is, until you can get back to THAT geographical location in person.
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This is my morning hair!
If it's going to go big, you may as well let it eh?

I used to hate my hair. I was different to everyone else. I was a redhead. I had curly hair. I wanted it to be straight. I wanted to blend in.

As I grew into adulthood I also discovered that red hair comes with mythical, externally assigned descriptors:

Firey
Hot-headed
Witch
Angry
Unattractive
Bad-tempered
Stubborn

Okay, so the last one might be correct 😊
My spouse might confirm that one πŸ˜†

It's taken me 44 years to grow into my hair. I now love it and I often receive compliments. But I'm also sad at the wasted energies of my youth.

I know that a part of growing up is the trials and tribulations of learning how the world works socially and culturally. We learn that not everyone is safe or even that nice.

And that's okay.
But what I won't tolerate is active engagement in myth and folklore at the expense of a group of people.

Every culture has 'jokes' and 'it's just banter' comments about groups of people.

All I ask is that you examine your own culture. What are your cultural sayings and folklore which seem like fun and games, but upon further investigation aren't 'just banter' if you're on the receiving end of them?

#redhead #discrimination #justbanter
#think #thinkbeforeyouspeak #question #changetheconversation #folklore #mythology
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πŸ”₯ 'From the Heart' Tshirt for Sale πŸ”₯
Wear your heart on your β€˜sleeve’ with this feelgood, positive-heart, positive-mind tshirt.

* Available in a range of colours.
* Comfortable and fllattering for all genders.

https://drawntoastory.com/shop/from-the-heart-t-shirt/
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Do you know that we have an Instagram Shop? Link i Do you know that we have an Instagram Shop? Link in profile.

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THIS WEEK: 1. What do the Pride flag colours mean THIS WEEK: 
1. What do the Pride flag colours mean?
2. Modern Homophobia: The hidden judgements in language

THIS WEEK:
1. What do the Pride flag colours mean?
2. Modern Homophobia: The hidden judgements in language
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