Catherine-Esther Cowie, Entrepreneur and Artist
Life after King's
I chose King’s for the willingness and opportunity to grapple with how my faith fits into and informs my chosen career path. What does it mean to do business from a Christian perspective? Dr. Elwil Beukes challenged me to think beyond just being a good person and consider the social and environmental impacts of doing business. I also appreciated my science and theology professors, who challenged some of my traditional Christian views. What received beliefs did I need to interrogate and accept or discard based on my own grappling?
"I chose King’s for the willingness and opportunity to grapple with how my faith fits into and informs my chosen career path."
So many King’s faculty have been a positive and influential presence in my life: I think especially of Dr. Tina Trigg’s support and encouragement during and after my time at King’s, Dr. Gordon Preston’s mentorship in marketing and entrepreneurship, and Dr. Elwil Beukes, who influenced my pursuit of an MBA and subsequent internship in Peru researching Corporate Social Responsibility.
I’ve been in the marketing world for the past eight years, but I’ve always had a passion for the arts. My sister and I co-founded imakeuslessstuff.com because art has been what we’ve turned to during some of our greatest and darkest moments. We recognized that there’s a pleasure that comes from making a thing, no matter how small, poorly-crafted, or “useless” it may be, so we developed a series of online courses for hobbyists, crafters, and beginners. We want to encourage our customers to have fun, to express themselves, and satisfy their itch to create. It’s been a great opportunity for me to put my marketing and creative skills to use through entrepreneurship.
I also recently finished a poetry manuscript for my MFA program. The book explores the shaping force of violence as it creates a context for both ruin and beauty; how violence is inflicted on women by both men and other women, and how it flows from one generation to the next.