identity. belonging. expat life.
Who you are. How you feel inside. Where you live.
Living abroad confronts us in ways we never knew how.
It simultaneously challenges us AND feeds our soul.
As an illustrator I bring to life what people feel but can’t find the words to express. I go to the heart of their emotions to create a sense of Belonging.
Drinking coffee creates space to reflect, listen and hear the hidden voices around me: People navigating ‘otherness’ through IDENTITY and BELONGING and EXPAT LIFE.
It creates division, prejudice and suffering.
We are all someone else’s ‘other’
Drawn to a Story exists to redress the imbalance.
What customers are saying:
Continue the Connection
This picture has two meanings for me.
I'm missing being able to travel abroad at the moment. Yes, I'm lucky I'm alive, yes, I have a job and yes, I have a roof over my head and food in my belly, but I'm really missing getting on a plane and losing myself in another culture. Soon... I'm also missing my dad. I took this photo of the flight path on my way back to home in the UK (circled), after visiting him for the last time ever. Saying your final goodbye to a conscious live man breaks you. ...
I love the cultural fusion of food that you find around the world. Combinations, influences, inspirations, expressions of passion, sampling and delighting in travelling the world on a plate. ...
#mayonthemove2020 "Culture Shock"
This really shocked me in Dallas, TX.
A woman in a bikini filling up your boat with fuel. Just like a stripper, she had dollar bills tucked into her bikini.
I was shocked for a number of reasons: * This was a family boating place. It was a holiday weekend, so there were an enormous number of families around * That the young woman was seemingly happy with doing it * I realised my own judgements towards using your body to earn money * No one was batting an eyelid, which inferred that this was socially acceptable * I'm a lesbian and nothing about seeing this beautiful woman in her bikini was attractive to me.
I'd be interested in your thoughts. ...
Bucket list for #mayonthemove2020
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This is just the beginning of the list. I better live long enough! 🙂 ...
It's quite a revelation when you realise you've changed. The change is often so slow and subtle that you don't even notice.
And then wham!
It whacks you. Something you've always done now seems unfathomable and you know you've changed.
For me it was hearing an Australian accent. An accent that was so normal for me for 30 years.
Then suddenly it grated on me, the cultural cringe was enormous. I shocked myself.
Now, several years on, I love the Australian accent. It makes me smile and gives comfort. ...
Is it our childhoods or adult life that makes us? What filters do we see the world through?
Although, I've lived in the UK for almost 14 years, I think I still see the world through my Australian eyes.
It defines so much of my attitudes and approach to life. What scares me sometimes is a feeling that I'm losing that part of me the longer I stay away.
I try to go back regularly and go back especially the places that feed me....landscapes mainly.
How do your experiences filter your view of the world? ...
See you on facebook at 2pm British Summertime. ...
This is the place that I'm lucky enough to live in southern UK.
It's an incredible place with stunning views, amazing artworks, a world heritage landscape full of fossils, and an all round beautiful island. ...
Or lost in translation...... I've been there.
Australian English and British English are two VERY different players.
I hate to think who I might have offended without realising it and they said nothing.
But I also smile a lot when I think of the funny misunderstandings. ...
I've tried to think about all the different ways in which two toilets in the same space is okay.
I'm yet to find one.
Any clues? ...
Sydney, my love. My birth city and my soul city. City, wildlife, harbour, beaches, history, art, culture, food. It's an incredible city.
1. City terraces
2. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge
3. Wildlife - Rainbow Lorikeets
4. Oh how I love you a Sydney flat white. Silky smooth coffee. ...
Thank you all for your support this week!
There were times I never thought I'd get to launch week, but here we are at the end of it. Quite wonderful!! I'm truly grateful for everyone's support, your enthusiasm, your purchases and for sharing on your own social networks.
Yes, it's my shop, but I truly want it to be a place where we all find a sense of belonging.
And a place that brings us all joy.
And be sure to check back. New products and personalisation of products will be coming soon.
Cath x ...
Or you're in lockdown/quarantine!
Country love.... As long as the landscape is arid and desert like, I'll love it. It's desert all the way for me. My heart is in the Australian desert, but other deserts are my joy.
Flat, dry, open and hot and I'm happy.
The desert is so much more than it first appears. The expanse of space feels limitless, the universe opens up to me and I love feeling small in a vast landscape. It's particularly humbling and puts life in perspective.
Life slows. You notice everything on a micro level. Your ears pick up more they they knew they could. Observation skills become razor sharp, the silence is deafening and I can breathe deeply.
100% my happy place.
#MayontheMove @oregongirl_aroundtheworld @thefrustratednester ...
I know it's different, but it sometimes just hits me how different life is.
I wonder what I would be doing if I'd stayed. Would I own my own home? Would I be employed, rather than running my own business? Would I have grown as a person in the ways I have?
Strangely I half miss the unknown potential of staying in my home country. But I also know that life just 'is'. And if ever I start to think that what could have been might have been better, I stop myself.
Firstly, what's better anyway? The grass is not always greener, but the biggest thing that stops me??? Knowing that I wouldn't have met all the people I have and especially those that I now call my dearest friends. ...
We continue to celebrate the launch of my new online shop.
The prize for today's competition is a pack of "Holidays at Home greeting cards", featuring my cartoon 'on the mattress'. Winner announced on facebook at 5pm (BST). ...