A Time In Review
- In October 2014 I went down Tasmania and joined in on the DTS (Discipleship Training School) for a month.
A season of preparation. I was able to take my proverbial spyglass and really get at it with some steel wool and scrub away at the rusted surface, cleaning the gunk and dust off the lenses.A few months later in April 2015, by way of a miracle I joined the BCC (Biblical Core Course). A season of Laying the Foundations. This course helped me take the spyglass I view reality through and observe it. Seeing the lens I viewed life through adjust the focus and redefine my limited vision.
Starting in July I joined the LTS (Leadership Training School) for the 3 month course. (During which I developed a Personal Manifesto, of who I am and who I want to become.) This was a season of planning. I’ve been sailing, perched in the ship’s crow’s nest with my renewed spyglass. Scouting out future lands to explore, some foreign, some familiar, some barren, and some I had not considered journeying into until now.
For the last 3 months I’ve been volunteering at YWAM Townsville in the creative department helping the base construct a brand design guideline to help things become more consistent and hopefully more beautiful. A season of building. After exploring coast with my spyglass I have traveled from the floating vessel onto solid ground, moving inland to see what God has in store for me, first beginning with something familiar but soon I plan on heading into new territory.
Other interesting developments include some new collaborations. Helping out Austin Blanchard on The Wild Ride with web design/graphic design and Aaron Henderson with Print/Web/T-Shirt Design in a new brand he is starting up called Society’s Standard Apparel Company which should have some thing happening down the line.
This Year’s Vision
I want to connect with the first nations people of Australia and connect with the land it’s self. I plan on building an audio library amidst the process that would aid me further down the track when delving into music production.
It is estimated that by 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth—many of them not yet recorded—may disappear. Taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, our natural environment, and the neurological pathways of the brain. In Australia alone there are over 400 tribes a majority with their own language, but many of them are now at risk of disappearing.
Australians Aborigines are the oldest living culture on earth and have been gifted beautifully diverse lands, growing up in Australia I have been grafted into this story and wish to honour the rich culture, language and history of this nation. I wish to do this by traveling into rural indigenous communities and listen to the elders, record the Australian story of creation, how their forefathers came to the land that they now inhabit or once inhabited, and record any songs/instruments/sounds unique to their tribe. This is an effort to try and digitally preserve their story and culture in the format of an online aural storybook. While visiting these communities I wish to link the locals with initiatives that are attempting to preserve language and culture.
Given the special privilege to hear the story of creation from an indigenous perspective I hope to have an unique insight into indigenous identity and individuality within the context of the cultural diversity that we experience today. I wish to incorporate this knowledge into oral presentation of the story of Genesis directed specifically towards the neo-tribal community.
When in these rural communities I will take the opportunity to create an in depth audio library of the surrounding environment, asking for local knowledge of sounds unique to that area. This journey would equip me with the audio samples I would need to be able to produce an album.
(Link to the full Genesis Project)
Season of Building Continued
How is this grand vision practically outworked? Well, I am heading to YWAM Wollongong to be apart of the the Eden Fest team (Event Management) and I’m still working out how it’s going to work, and it will take a while to get the groundwork established. I am optimistic and excited to how this will all pan out.
At this point I am under equipped to be able to carry out this plan and in need of steady support stream to help see this vision become reality. Over the last couple of months I have started to further develop my online presence to include an Etsy Store and in the near future (hopefully!) I will be launching a Patreon where you can become a patron of my art. Helping me keep a consistent flow of art from me to you and focused on this journey to experience and share new epiphanies of beauty.
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