Hello friends, and welcome to my new blog. We're only one blog post in and I've already managed to quote Abba and High School Musical so things are off to a good start.
As some of you will know, I've just finished studying Illustration in Edinburgh for the past three years, but I've decided to do something a little different with my graduate year. In a few weeks I'll be moving to Glasgow to start a scheme called Relay with an organisation called UCCF who run the Christian Unions in each university up and down the country. I'll be working with Christian students from the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, helping them to grow in their faith individually and as a community in the hope that we can spread the love and good news of Jesus in Glasgow, so that people can stop being sick and tired of everything like Abba were. This will involve organising events and exhibitions, leading meetings and Bible studies, and broadening my own understanding of the Bible through focussed theological study over the next ten months.
If you know me well you'll know that I really want to seriously pursue my career as an illustrator, and a while ago I was starting to realise that this drive was becoming more important to me than my relationship with God. If you're not a Christian then this probably seems like a strange thing to prioritise, but to me a life lived for God will be more fulfilling than a life lived for my art could ever be. No amount of success or money can compare to the joy of knowing him, and I want to take this year to concentrate on that before I start freelancing. Since being part of the Christian Unions at my time in Edinburgh I've discovered how my artwork and my faith directly correlate, giving my work a purpose and inspiring me to use my gifts for something more than selfish gain. I could go on about this forever, so if it's something you'd like to hear more about then I'd love to chat!
I have a lot of reasons for getting involved with Relay, but this was the main one that got me to this point. I'm really hoping I can get stuck into the art scene in Glasgow and that I can keep up my illustration work in my spare time. I'll soon be launching my Not on the High Street shop and I'll be selling bits and bobs on Etsy and Cheerfully Given too to get the ball rolling for the following year. Like I said before, my faith and my art go hand in hand so I'm excited to develop both of these things in this new chapter and to see what God has in store for me.
How you can help me out
There are three different ways in which you can support me in this new venture:
1. Please pray for me during this time! Pray that I settle into life in Glasgow, and that the work I'll be doing will have a real impact on the people I meet. If you'd like to be updated on my prayer points I'll be sending out regular prayer letters which you can sign up to on the right.
2. The year is funded largely on donations so if you'd like to support me financially in any way I'd be eternally grateful for your generosity. Just drop me an email here and I'll send you a wee form in the post!
3. I'll be selling all sorts of paper illustrations, cards and prints on my online shops in the future, so keep an eye out for updates on my social media accounts. I'm so touched by the supportive network that's grown there in the past few years, so please continue to spread the word as it'll really help me out when it comes to entering the void that is the art world.
Thanks for giving this a read, I hope this blog doesn't turn out to be as cringe as I think it is - I'm really excited for the opportunities that lie ahead so I'll do my best to keep it updated with all the goings on in Glasgow!