This website is about a boy with autism who loved to communicate by expressing his emotions and thoughts by drawing a character named Mowsem on paper. The boy kept notebooks and notebooks of drawings of Mowsem and other various characters. He then started working on social stories with his teacher. As she would tell the story, the boy would draw the illustrations of a character and emotions relating to the story. This is how the boy learned appropriate behaviors and rules. The boy eventually moved to another state away from his teacher, but continued his love of drawing. Over the years the boy learned how to draw on a computer. The boy would spend hours and hours drawing various Mowsem pictures of poses and expressions. Some of these would make his mom laugh and sometimes they made her sad, because she knew these expressions represented his feelings. He then started drawing a series of images of Mowsem that would tell a story of his feelings at that moment or an event that either frustrated him or an event he thought was funny. He loved turning these images into creative videos. The boy has grown up and will graduate high school this year. He still works on drawings of Mowsem and has started to sell shirts online with some of his Mowsem expressions. You can browse and shop his expressive shirts below.
Mowsem, the shop, was founded by my son, Montana, and myself, in 2017. However, Mowsem, the character, was created years ago by Montana when he was a boy. When Montana was 3 he was diagnosed with Autism. Part of his therapy and education in elementary school included learning appropriate behavior through social stories. His teacher would help him with the words and Montana would illustrate the story. Over the years Montana has come up with several animated characters. The background of his t-shirt designs comes from a character he used to communicate his thoughts and emotions. Mowsem, the name of the store is the character Montana has used the most. Until recently he did not want to share his artwork with anyone. With the encouragement from his teachers, family, and friends, he now feels comfortable sharing some of his work. And that's when we started working on his online store. He is 21 years old now and will graduate H.S this spring.