Draw Near Designs is a collaboration between three Orthodox Christian mothers in Louisville, Kentucky: Marian Adams, Abigail Holt, and Caroline Gann. Our focus is creating education materials for Orthodox children to help them learn about and strengthen their Faith. We also offer freelance illustration and graphic design, especially for projects created for Orthodox children and families.
Marian had a dream about an Orthodox children's calendar in December 2016 after seeing Abigail's beautiful paintings of children with their icons, and she just couldn’t shake the idea from her head and heart. After hearing her idea, Abigail and Caroline were just as enthusiastic about it! There are more American children now than ever before who are being raised Orthodox, and we wanted to create something that they could hang in their rooms and really use, a constant visual reminder of how their faith and the church is a part of their everyday life. The Orthodox Children's Calendar proved to be the springboard for Draw Near Designs-- a business dedicated to creating educational materials for Orthodox children, through our own published works and through freelance illustration and graphic design.
We believe in the importance of this work with all of our hearts, because raising children to love Christ and His Church is the most important task set before us. Our faith isn't just for Sundays; it's about finding God in every moment, every day. Our vision is to create an engaging and beautiful products that can be used by children and their parents to enrich their lives, create new traditions, and draw them closer to Christ and the Church.
What We Offer
The "Shop" section of this website showcases the products we are currently offering for sale. Bulk discounts are available for churches, so please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer freelance illustration and graphic design services, both individually and as a team. The "Marketplace" is a collection of items from Orthodox small businesses and artists, and is a great way to find new products by other Orthodox Christians, and support many small businesses all in one place!