Working in a university library, the first few weeks of October are always the busiest of the year. We’re meeting all the new students and showing them around the library, as well as running sessions for returning students. For students as well as staff, there are lots of highs and lows packed into the first few weeks of term. I remember being a first year illustration student at the same university 11 years ago. I was intensely homesick, but I was meeting new people and expl
After a jam-packed summer, it’s nice to have some down time in September. In mid-August, my family and Alexej’s family went to Georgia for Alexej’s mother’s birthday. We had a great time exploring Tbilisi’s restaurants, and visited a winery, a mountain monastery, and ancient cities built into the sandstone cliffs. We ate khachapuri (Georgian cheesy bread) nearly every meal and drank a lot of wine and bright green tarragon lemonade. I’m hoping to write another post about our t
How has it been six months since I last wrote a post?!? I knew I was going to go into hibernation mode for part of the winter, but I didn’t realise quite how long it would take me to get back into things in the spring. Here we are ten days into June and I’ve only just started catching up with everything I’ve been meaning to do since January. The main milestone of spring was my 30th birthday in early May. I think a lot of people of my generation have dreaded turning 30 because
Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day, and mental health has really been at the forefront of my mind lately. Recent experiences have brought to light just how important it is to share our mental health issues with supportive people. I know someone who recently took their own life due to a struggle with depression. I wish that we as a society could work towards preventing this happening. Please, talk to someone supportive about your mental health issues. Please, everyone
Hello, it's been exactly five months since my last post, which is far too long. This blog is primarily about my illustration work, but I hope you'll allow me to take this opportunity to discuss some issues that aren't directly related to my work, but do have a real impact on it, my life, and wider societal concerns. After this, I'll be back to the usual illustration-related posts.
I've recently felt that things were at a kind of tipping point, both personally and in a wider