Nan-in Serves Tea

A university professor learns a lesson when Nan-in Serves him tea. 

There was a Japanese Zen master named Nan-in who lived during the Meiji era (1868-1912). During his days as a teacher, he was visited by a university professor curious about Zen.Being polite, Nan-in served the professor a cup of tea. As he poured, the professor’s cup became full, but Nan-in kept on pouring. As the professor watched the cup overflow, he could no longer contain himself and said, “It is overfull. No more will go in!” Nan-in turned to the professor and said, “Like the cup, you are too full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

-Story from the book: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Rep

Idiom 1 - Steal someone's thunder
To win praise for oneself by pre-empting someone else's attempt to impress. This illustration is the first of an ongoing series about idioms. I took inspiration from rug designs and old video games. 

Our future is on fire 

This animation was part of my final year show at UWE. It was inspired by Greta Thunbergs metaphor 'our house is on fire' for how people are carrying on living while everything is going wrong in the world.

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