Here it Comes.

Welcome back to Elm Ink Studio. Or welcome in the first place. 

I’m glad you’re here because there’s a lot I have to share with you. Anyone who has known me for a good period of time knows just how important literature is to my practice. I’ve always been a lover of books. I’ve always held precious books close to my heart because they were the foundation of my childhood. My earlier memories are of my mother reading me tales by Beatrix Potter. The next memories are moments when I would try to color in the pictures, the way I thought it should be done. I’m glad I had a few more years to practice before I went to art school. 

The point I’m trying to make is narrative and picture have always been what makes sense to me. If someone is telling me a story, I’ll go over the details and fill in the gaps until I have a full landscape at my disposal. When I finally understood these interests and values to be applicable to the world of illustration, I was able to understand how to make sense of everything. I knew that that was how I could make a living doing what I love. 

Well I’m pleased to announce that I have made the first big jump to make that a possibility. For the next year, starting in September, I will be the Illustration Department’s Artist in Resident at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. 

Yes, I’m moving to Scotland. 

I’ll have twenty-four hour access to studio space and access to all their facilities. In return, I will be teaching one class every week to a group of students within the Illustration department. 

Basically, this is the closest I will ever come to attending Hogwarts. 

I’m terribly excited and beyond nervous but this has been something I have dreamt about for the past six years and I can’t wait for the next stage of my life to begin. Especially at such a dynamic time in Europe with so many changes happening to their culture and way of life. 

I just wish I could use my time turner to pick up the pace a little bit. 

Cheers,

elm 

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