I made this comic, inspired by Gaby Gillespie’s book ‘A Fathers Betrayal’ for her niece, Natasha Cadman, who is running events to raise awareness of child marriage through the Welsh based charity INeed. I went to one of the events for International Women’s Day. There were talks one after another from women sharing their personal stories of survival, from Gaby Gillespie about child marriage, to a lady who was shot by her violent ex and now campaigns to raise awareness of stalking, women who are carers, refugees, and use their stories for activism and creativity. It was such an inspiring day.
I recently went on a brilliant weekend training called ‘Introduction to Clowning’ with Holly Stoppit in Bristol. It was such a worthwhile weekend of how to enter into ‘flow’, permission to be free, creative play and mindfulness. So much of what I learned could be applied to my doodle workshops. This weekend I’m going on part two – clowning and storytelling 😀
As a Christmas present for partner this year I decided to sponsor a rescue cow from Mino Valley – a sanctuary in Northern Spain, for abused and abandoned farm animals. I love the stories on their website and Instagram (www.minovalleyfarmsanctuary.org) and decided to make a comic page about the lovely Luna. She was born prematurely and as a result will always be the size of a baby. Every time I think about getting a pizza, I remember Luna and get chips instead 🙂