So it's been a minute since i updated this blog i have been incredibly busy over this past year between the NLDNUK annual 2017 conference, various craft shows and Paint n Sip classes in the Nottingham market square beach which we launched on a trial over the summer soon to return for winter wonderland 2017! I wanted to connect with you again after the conference to share our story thus far so you know a little bit more about us.
It all began 2011 with a prophetic word spoken by the leader of the National liturgical dance network Rev Eyesha which was in response to some very humble chalk drawings I decided to carve into paper back in 2011. At that time i had a LONG break of creative expression, stuck in a boring admin job and drawing little pictures on post it notes a far cry since first studying Art formally at college and throughout school. It was so hard back then to understand why i was not already walking in my creative journey right after finishing uni.
...And then it HAPPENED!
The 2011 NLDNUK was the first time i saw beautifully adorned dancers praising God. And as i stood there watching these incredible dancers i decided i wanted to capture it through art. After a life changing visit to New York in 2012
i was filled with a fresh new enthusiasm to walk boldly in creative arts. The following year God opened doors for a multi purpose art studio which myself my Family, Rachel Williams, Rachael Miller and many other creatives came together at different seasons in collaboration of community events and workshops click here for our online gallery..
We worked with creative business organisations such as NBV and their creative enterprise program and launched several creative community projects including the creative Christmas card project with thanks to artist Zoee reid who led the workshop we even helped launched a Fashion show fundraiser working with a charity called “we are here” who specialises in providing therapeutic counselling within mental health. Things where on the rise, but as I transitioned for a year in Birmingham for work we lost the ability to keep things on the same momentum. Sadly we closed the door to our beautiful studio in 2016 a decision beyond our control but like in the story of Abraham when he was blessed on his journey we inherited so many art materials and equipment received by the studio owners.
The turning point
I can genuinely say at this point of 3 years keeping a incredible studio and doing all the projects we did that i believed the prophetic word had been fulfilled and that door had closed for creative art ministry, it was then that i received another prophetic word in 2016 about beginning just paint n sip with a focus of bringing fun creative art classes to the community inside and outside the church for everyone. I received donations of art supplies to get us started and a further two random donations of canvases and paints. Thinking back when I first decided that I wanted to draw and paint I never knew God would want to use this desire as a tool for ministry, connectivity and healing. Sometimes you can journey through so many internal battles that God constantly wants you to push through and believe beyond what your eyes are seeing. So as i'm now writing this the story still continues, I still wonder at all the things 6 years has brought so far, knowing that there is still so much to do with creative ministry in the UK and beyond and so excited to meet new artists along the way.
My continued hope is to be a platform of creative expression in Arts, music, Design, dance you name it! for there to be no boundaries to what creatives can do for the Kingdom and to see artists realise their potential and walk boldly in their gifting. To connect and collaborate, empower and to be financially able to do so. Has it been easy? NOPE! not only has it been a process of personal growth and healing it had been a learning curve technically with the gifting but i'm learning everyday to be faithful to the call despite the trials and challenges God is looking for willing hearts, that will trust in him throughout all those seasons.
If this is something you feel led to do i would love to stay in touch with you and support you on your journey.
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God bless & REMEMBER its never too late to begin your creative journey today