Me, me, me!

Made in Britain. Inspired by the East.

The first seeds of Eastern Promise were planted in 2005 when I visited Japan with my dad and sister. My love of the East then grew further when I toured Southeast Asia in 2008. In Thailand I conducted my research for my dissertation on ‘The evocation of spirituality within Thai Buddhist Temple architecture’ and my fascination with the culture of the East blossomed. In particular the meaning and symbolism which features in so much of Eastern culture really captured my imagination and is something I incorporate into my designs to this day.

In 2009 I was lucky enough to be awarded a place on a 3 week ‘Study India’ course run by the British Council and UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative). The aim of the course was to forge relationships with students and graduates from the UK with businesses, charities and other initiatives in India. Whilst there I spent a number of days with Yuva Parivartan – a charity which offers a second chance in life to teenagers and young adults who have dropped out of education by training them in vocational subjects (including henna). They provide them with work experience opportunities which, if completed successfully, have the guaranteed offer of work at the end. I always felt this was a charity I should partner with one day and in 2010 this dream came true with the gracious horse design that is still available for purchase today.

More recently I embarked on furthering my passion for yoga (an ancient Eastern practice) with an aim to spread its magical powers to more people by training and obtaining my 200hr Yoga Alliance certification. I have since gone on to a number of further trainings including ‘teaching inclusive yoga’ and have taught in London, Oxford and the Cotswolds in private, public and corporate class settings. Yoga influences everything I do from the day to day to my illustrations. I have become more in touch with nature and ensure that all my designs are made as eco-friendly and ethically as possible in my little Studio in the Cotswolds. I love to teach and share this beautiful life practice with anyone who's interested / intrigued so feel free to join me at a class soon.

So that's the story for now, who knows where things will go next...

Katy.X वादा