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identity. belonging. expat life.

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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Illustrating the illustrator 😁

As I look at this I can feel my brain trying to make sense of it. Who is drawing who?
Rather than taking a quick glance, a longer look is required.

My brain is being tested.

Our brain has an incredible muscle memory of thoughts and behaviours, so much so that we can do things without feeling like we've thought at all. 🀯

They also have an amazing capacity to change and create new neural pathways.
For me, this is the really exciting bit!

How far can we push ourselves to evolve, to grow and to step into ways of being that we never imagined ourselves capable?

How often to do you something just to test your brain and expand its potential?

Write with your non dominant hand? Use cutlery in the opposite hand that you'd use normally? Do your buttons up in a random order? Shake up your morning routine? Drive a different route to work? Order something you never order off your favourite menu...

Get the drift? Enjoy! Let me know how you go and what you notice. 🀣
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MINDFUL DRAWING: Using pen and paper to reduce stress and relax your mind and body πŸ™

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MINDFUL DRAWING: Using pen and paper to reduce stress and relax your mind and body πŸ™
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Welcome to all the new people following Drawn to a Welcome to all the new people following Drawn to a Story. When I set up DTAS, it was about telling stories through illustration. 

It has grown so much since 2018 and I now proudly share with you our manifesto.

Welcome to all the new people following Drawn to a Story. When I set up DTAS, it was about telling stories through illustration.

It has grown so much since 2018 and I now proudly share with you our manifesto.
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πŸ”₯ This week: πŸ”₯ MINDFUL DRAWING: Using pen an πŸ”₯ This week: πŸ”₯
MINDFUL DRAWING: Using pen and paper to reduce stress and relax your mind and body πŸ™

πŸ”₯ This week: πŸ”₯
MINDFUL DRAWING: Using pen and paper to reduce stress and relax your mind and body πŸ™
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Last week I walked past this sign. I was having Last week I walked past this sign. 

I was having a rough day. You know the ones when you're feeling sorry for yourself? The ones when it's best you're not unleashed on the public? πŸ˜† Yep? 

That kind of day.

And it wasn't personal. I was doubting everything to do with my work. Ruminating over fears, wondering if people really were interested in Drawn to a Story or were they just being polite. Was I making a difference? Does anyone care about the subjects I talk about?

Then I saw the sign. I designed and project managed the manufacture of this sign in 2018. I remembered how I felt then. Pleased to have completed the project, but judging myself about whether it was any good.

That client has since used my services at least another 7 times. That tells me everything I need to know.

Seeing the sign again kicked me in the butt and chucked me out of my self-pity.

I tell you this because I want you to know that behind the 'perfect' public face of a business is the reality of being human. Doubts, fears, low moments, unhelpful self-talk.

Do not mistake success as coming from perfection, positivity and business accolades. 

Success is behind the scenes. 

Success comes through:
πŸ₯‡ Sitting up working until 3am for 4 nights in a row to make a deadline
πŸ₯‡ Making decisions about your business with no one else to fall back on 
πŸ₯‡Working holidays - checking emails on your phone whilst you're travelling
πŸ₯‡ Feeling isolated + learning how not to
πŸ₯‡ Looking within and processing self doubt and imposter syndrome
πŸ₯‡ Worrying about when your money will next come in because your clients are late paying you.
πŸ₯‡Allowing low days, but not letting them distract you long term

And, and, and....

The list is endless. 
And the biggest fallacy is to pretend it's not there. 

It is. TRUTH.

Last week I walked past this sign.

I was having a rough day. You know the ones when you're feeling sorry for yourself? The ones when it's best you're not unleashed on the public? πŸ˜† Yep?

That kind of day.

And it wasn't personal. I was doubting everything to do with my work. Ruminating over fears, wondering if people really were interested in Drawn to a Story or were they just being polite. Was I making a difference? Does anyone care about the subjects I talk about?

Then I saw the sign. I designed and project managed the manufacture of this sign in 2018. I remembered how I felt then. Pleased to have completed the project, but judging myself about whether it was any good.

That client has since used my services at least another 7 times. That tells me everything I need to know.

Seeing the sign again kicked me in the butt and chucked me out of my self-pity.

I tell you this because I want you to know that behind the 'perfect' public face of a business is the reality of being human. Doubts, fears, low moments, unhelpful self-talk.

Do not mistake success as coming from perfection, positivity and business accolades.

Success is behind the scenes.

Success comes through:
πŸ₯‡ Sitting up working until 3am for 4 nights in a row to make a deadline
πŸ₯‡ Making decisions about your business with no one else to fall back on
πŸ₯‡Working holidays - checking emails on your phone whilst you're travelling
πŸ₯‡ Feeling isolated + learning how not to
πŸ₯‡ Looking within and processing self doubt and imposter syndrome
πŸ₯‡ Worrying about when your money will next come in because your clients are late paying you.
πŸ₯‡Allowing low days, but not letting them distract you long term

And, and, and....

The list is endless.
And the biggest fallacy is to pretend it's not there.

It is. TRUTH.
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Community life in covid lockdown.

It's all about the positive ju ju.
We've been shopping for people who can't, checking in on those on their own and supporting friends who are having a tough time.

What are you doing to foster community in your life?
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Phone doodles.... Are they an insight into my sub Phone doodles.... 
Are they an insight into my subconscious or meaningless? I have no idea.

What do you think?

What do you create in your phone doodles?
#phonedoodle #artistsofinstagram #subconsciousmind #subconscious

Phone doodles....
Are they an insight into my subconscious or meaningless? I have no idea.

What do you think?

What do you create in your phone doodles?
#phonedoodle #artistsofinstagram #subconsciousmind #subconscious
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BAREFOOT FRIDAY: "How do you positively disappoint your parent?"

This is all about being authentically YOU but not ruining the relationship.
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It's time for introductions. Who am I and who are It's time for introductions. Who am I and who are you? 

I'm Cath Brew the illustrator behind (or is that fronting?) Drawn to a Story. I'm from Sydney, Australia and have spent the last 13.5 years living on a tiny island in UK's south west.

I come from a background in landscape architecture, cemetery conservation and heritage interpretation. In all of these roles various, the thing I've loved most is the stories. Understanding the nuances of human behaviour, how people make meaning and why. This leads perfectly to why I created Drawn to a Story.

Here, I llustrate and educate about marginalised experiences for positive change - with a focus on Identity, Belonging and Expat Life.

My book, Living Elsewhere, is 100 cartoons about what it's like to live a global life. It's funny, sad, poignant and full of "OMG Yes!!' moments 🀣😒😟😡. It's available at all major online stores. Free postage if you purchase through Book Depository. 

I'm also the Senior Designer at Summertime Publishing and Springtime Books (publishers of books by expats for expats). This gives me deep joy being part of birthing people's stories into world! 

So, now you know my story, who are you? Where are you based and what do feel defines your identity in that location?

It's time for introductions. Who am I and who are you?

I'm Cath Brew the illustrator behind (or is that fronting?) Drawn to a Story. I'm from Sydney, Australia and have spent the last 13.5 years living on a tiny island in UK's south west.

I come from a background in landscape architecture, cemetery conservation and heritage interpretation. In all of these roles various, the thing I've loved most is the stories. Understanding the nuances of human behaviour, how people make meaning and why. This leads perfectly to why I created Drawn to a Story.

Here, I llustrate and educate about marginalised experiences for positive change - with a focus on Identity, Belonging and Expat Life.

My book, Living Elsewhere, is 100 cartoons about what it's like to live a global life. It's funny, sad, poignant and full of "OMG Yes!!' moments 🀣😒😟😡. It's available at all major online stores. Free postage if you purchase through Book Depository.

I'm also the Senior Designer at Summertime Publishing and Springtime Books (publishers of books by expats for expats). This gives me deep joy being part of birthing people's stories into world!

So, now you know my story, who are you? Where are you based and what do feel defines your identity in that location?
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BAREFOOT FRIDAY: "How do you positively disappoint your parent?"

This is all about being authentically YOU but not ruining the relationship.
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Simple pleasures. Lunch in the sun on the newly pa Simple pleasures. Lunch in the sun on the newly painted deck. 

Its been so cold and grey recently. It's hard to not let it impact mental health. But today is another world. This is like a reset. Thank you Spring Equinox.

Simple pleasures. Lunch in the sun on the newly painted deck.

Its been so cold and grey recently. It's hard to not let it impact mental health. But today is another world. This is like a reset. Thank you Spring Equinox.
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"TALK-BACK TUESDAY: "Is it safe? and other phrases of demarcation."

What are the questions that guide you in how you Iive your life? These kinds of key phrases between couples and families speak of differences in lived experiences.
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Your link for any questions you'd like to ask anon Your link for any questions you'd like to ask anonymously https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V5GWVX9

Your link for any questions you'd like to ask anonymously https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V5GWVX9 ...

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Thinking of all the expatriate babies born in 2020 Thinking of all the expatriate babies born in 2020 who have only lived in one country. Doesn't that sound weird? 🀣

2020 and 2021 have put a stop to the phenomenon that is many a 6 month old having done more travel than some adults. πŸ˜‰ 

Soon..... soon they can grow their wings. ✈

Thinking of all the expatriate babies born in 2020 who have only lived in one country. Doesn't that sound weird? 🀣

2020 and 2021 have put a stop to the phenomenon that is many a 6 month old having done more travel than some adults. πŸ˜‰

Soon..... soon they can grow their wings. ✈
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There's no better way to finish off a Sunday. There's no better way to finish off a Sunday.

There's no better way to finish off a Sunday. ...

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See you soon for a subject of your choice! See you soon for a subject of your choice!

See you soon for a subject of your choice! ...

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