My name is Katherine Herriman and I grew up in a small fishing town in Victoria, Australia (down the bottom), called Lakes Entrance. After finishing school, I moved to Melbourne to study psychology and social work. I chose to work with asylum seekers and refugee youth, helping them settle into their life in Australia. It was around this time I found my way back to making art. I can’t remember exactly when or why this happened. Although in hind-sight, at that time in my life there was more space, and more quiet, and more safety, than there had been in a long time. There were just less things getting in the way, so it naturally bubbled up to the surface ever so casually.
After a couple of years working as a social worker, in June 2009 I moved to Europe with my partner. We bought a motorhome, called her Nettle, and drove. We stop driving every now and then so I can draw and paint and my partner can pursue his passion, programming. With this life change, there is more space and quiet in my life than there ever has been. Audacious dreams began to tentatively emerge. I felt unsure about their right to exist and didn’t give myself permission to think them too much at first and yet they were there. They grow a bit bolder with every new discovery of other women who are already doing it. Women with businesses, who design and create and paint! I yearn to be one of them! I’m working towards this goal.
We’re still travelling but we’re beginning to dream of home, and nesting, and the life that’s waiting for us back in Australia. Instead of longing for quaint mediaeval European towns, my heart goes thump when I think of long dinners with friends, buying a house and making it a home, and regular trips to the library. We’ve reached the tipping point of our travels and are coming out the other end.