There it Went

Hello again!

I think it’s about time for an update. Last time I wrote I had just been accepted as an Artist in Resident at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. I am unbelievably happy to have made it to that point, however it was nearly impossible to obtain a UK Visa in time for the job. The people at the school who helped as much as they could were just as equally disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to join them at the school and were gracious to offer me the position in the future if a Visa could be obtained. 

Despite this setback I was able to find another opportunity to fill me time. For the past four months I have been working as a traveling recruiter for the Maine College of Art. I drove throughout the Northeast, going as far south as DC and north to Madawaska, Maine. Fun fact: Madawaska is the most Northeastern town in the United States and there are a surprising amount of democrats. 

I truly enjoyed working for my alma mater and being able to have so many various experiences. I was able to meet some incredible people, see some sights that were new to me, and I went to Canada twice!

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. 



Here We Go!

Welcome to Elm Ink Studio! 

My name is Emma Lucille McCabe and I’m an illustrator and book binder based out of Portland, Maine. What they say is true: it is Vacation Land.

I’m on the brink some something terribly exciting. I’ve applied for an Artist in Residence position at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and I have an interview Monday morning. I had a dream last night where I saw myself back in Scotland, which is hopefully a good sign. But we’ll see! Fingers crossed!

I have a mile long list of projects waiting to be started. The first I’m hoping to complete, whether I get the residency or not, is a unique format children’s book set. It will be a four book box set of classics. The first story is The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear. The other three will either be by the same author or other writers from that period. 

On that note, I hope you return for updates on my latest projects and pieces! 



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