Friday, 26 June 2015

going with the Flow ...




... A little while back, the lovely folks at Flow magazine contacted me saying they would like to print my 'Believe in Yourself' quote in an edition of their publication Flow Weekly ... I was super thrilled to be asked & my copy arrived in the post yesterday. I'm really excited to be able to share some photos on the blog today as well as a few answers to a few questions they asked me too:

Who are you?
My name is Bee and I am an Illustrator. I work from my little 'Design Hive' studio from home. I live in the heart of the UK near to the countryside. I share my workspace with my husband and the view from our window looks out over our garden.

What does this quote mean to you personally?
I love this quote because its something that can apply to everyone, whoever we are, wherever we live and whatever we may do. I believe self-belief is so important ... if we are allowed to dream and believe strongly enough, we can find magical places in our lives for both ourselves and others.

What do you like about quotes?
They can be so inspirational and encouraging. They can have profound and positive effects on our lives. They can make us think.

Where do you find them?
In all sorts of places: books, sometimes written on walls and there is a great source of quotes on pinterest! I think my favourite place is on the windows at the waiting room at our village train station where some lovely, amusing quotes have been beautifully etched and painted onto the glass!

Are you inspired by another illustrator?
Not one person so much, but mainly in everyday things and the assortment of things I collect and keep around me. My kids are a great source of inspiration! I always have ideas buzzing round in my head. I love an eclectic mix of everything!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

a big, heartfelt thanks!...

'thank you nelly' ©bee brown 2015
... in an idle hour, I was totting up all the lovely followers I seem to have accrued here and there, and was somewhat amazed to realise that there are over an A M A Z I N G 2000 of you! (400 on this blog alone which I think is quite incredible)... I'm a little bit staggered by this fact as half the time I'm chasing my tail and wondering what the hell I'm doing, BUT I'm so pleased that you do ... it's a wonderful thing to be able to share little bits of stuff here and there with folk who seem to appreciate it. So, I hope you'll carry on along-side me on my creative adventures, listening to my ramblings and hopefully enjoying my little pictures. It means A LOT ... THANK YOU!

Monday, 15 June 2015

a bit of something that might be useful to someone ....


Monday, 8 June 2015

on 'being bohemian'...



... I was out the other night. This is something that I don't do all that often, but I was there, proper OUT, in a bar, in the CITY (wow!), having a chat. As you do...

... And then someone said to me: 'What do you do?'


So I explained, as best as I could. Then they said: "So you must be very 'Bohemian'".


... This stumped me. It wasn't a question or an opportunity for a bit of a discussion. It was a statement of a-mind-already-made-up. I loath it when that happens. That thing of having a W I L D assumption made of you. Do you know what I mean? It's not that I mind someone making an assumption because that's what people do I suppose isn't it? Make assumptions about other people. It's just that I'm totally unprepared for these statement of facts. They catch me off guard. And whether I'm being 'bohemian', or anything else for that matter, is something that takes a bit of thought...a bit of consideration before one declares oneself to the world to be this, that or the other.

I don't like labels. I don't like them because they are 'what they say on the tin'. People are rarely just 'what they say on the tin'. They are uniquely a bit of this, a bit of that and a bit of the other ... A jumble ... a mix and match of individual experiences and an ancient history of genetics ... of different paths trodden ... of other people and personalities met along the way...


... So, am I Bohemian? Well, I've clearly never given this any thought so this needs to addressed and a suitable answer found just incase someone else at some point in the future presumes to make the same statement. I need to have my answer stored away so that the next time, I will have my reply. So, what is it to be 'Bohemian'?


...Well the dictionary says:


1.  a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.

Definitely not this.


2.  relating to Bohemia or its people.


So not this either.


3.  someone who practices an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.


So there we have it. I'm afraid I have to disappoint. I am none of the above. I have to dispel the myth that I'm something extraordinary, exotic or of hugely interesting character ... How I would love to be a romantic, artistic individual, roaming the countryside in my pretty painted horse-drawn caravan searching for artistic inspiration at every twist and turn... but alas and alack, not so.


...So here it is, in plain black and white ... I'm a Mum of 2 who does the school run, goes to the supermarket, pays her taxes and needs to pay the mortgage, and who just happens to draw for her job... So, I'd better hang up my travellers cloak, tie up the horse and get back to it. But, there is one thing I will keep from my explorations Person In The Bar in the Big City: an open mind and my ability to question! x



Monday, 18 May 2015

postcards from New York...

My lovely agent Jennifer Nelson & the super-talented Victoria Johnson

Monika Forsberg working in Jennifer Orkin Lewis's sketchbook

Beautiful work from Jennifer and Monika

The inimitable Monika Forsberg! Lovely lady!

Jennifer in her 'Cloverly' booth with Lyndy Hants

The amazing Lauren Lowen at Happy Happy!
... As you may already be aware, I can't make it to Surtex this year (which is happening in New York City right as we speak!!!)... But, I thought you just might like to see some pics of what my fellow Studio pals are up to. Wish I could be with you all! Enjoy! x

Friday, 24 April 2015

the moon comes to the hive...

bunny rabbit ©beebrown 2015

... I'm super lucky to be getting lots of web-love this week ... I'm really excited to share with you my first-ever blog interview! It's published on the lovely Alex Colombo's blog 'The Moon from My Attic' and you can find it here. xox

Thursday, 23 April 2015

print and pattern promo...

all work ©bee brown 2015
.... Holy Moley, I'm being featured on Print and Pattern today!! Thank you so much Marie for the lovely write up. If you fancy a little look please pop over here to see the rest of the designs that Marie is showcasing. I'm still busily working away on more new stuff and my JNA portfolio page and website will be updated soon, but only just in time for  S U R T E X  (17th-19th May)... don't want to give all my secrets away to early ;-) , but hope you'll pop over there too just before the show. Have great day drenched in wonderful colour! xox

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

instagram...




... just incase you didn't know I'm now on  I N S T A G R A M,  the fun photo sharing app! So, if you fancy a little peek at little bits and pieces that I've been up to, then there your place! Just click on the link on the right hand side of this blog and it will take you right there. I try to post something most days so it would be great to hear what you all think and receive all your thought pennies. Don't be shy, come on over, I'd love to see you there! xox

Monday, 20 April 2015

whoop whoop - surtex and dreams 2015!...

surtex 2015 ©beebrown

... Only a month away and Surtex is creeping up fast! I haven't been blogging too much lately for which I'm sorry and neither have I been social media-ing much either! ... Its been all go since I've joined Jennifer Nelson and her team of tremendously talented artists and I've barely had time to catch up with myself...

... However, with only a month to go, I felt it was time to announce that I will have some new work available for licensing at the Show and that I am thoroughly enjoying my new adventure with my Boston based agency. As far as being part of the agency goes, I have to admit that I wasn't too sure what to expect. I felt I needed to keep my expectations real just to protect myself as it was probably going to be the case that no one would want to commission me or licence my work ... What was Jennifer thinking of when she asked me to join her team? Right?

...Wrong! I have been so wonderfully busy and Jennifer is leading me and helping me with direction and work production in a way that I never thought possible. Working with her is so rewarding, motivating and soooo much fun. I have such hopes and dreams of how I would like my work and my 'brand' to grow and I really believe that Jennifer is the right person to be doing that with. Along with her knowledge, experience and expertise I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that along with a lot of hard work and dedication too, I can and will be able to bring in some great fun projects to work on  and have some great fun products out there in the market place. I have more self-belief now and with that is coming more confidence that I am on the right track. Thank you Jennifer!

... The remainder of my studio pals are taking booths at Surtex this year, either as individuals or part of their respective collectives. I'm the anomaly in that I'm not following suit in that way and neither will I be making the trip this time around... Its just not my time yet...but I am looking forward to hearing the news and watching how they go. Next year we will have a booth as an Agency, so with a little more experience under my belt I'm hoping to make it to the Big Apple SOON! Just gotta save a few more milk tokens first!

...So, as the drawing board calls me back, I'll sign off by saying that I'm looking forward to sharing with you some of the projects that I've been working on and here's to more believing in ourselves and practicing the art of the possible. x





Tuesday, 17 March 2015

...bee's little butterfly video

video



... Well, I had a go at making a little video ... my lovely Agent Jennifer asked me to come up with something for this months agency newsletter so this is what materialised!...I spent lots of time fiddling about, drawing and re-drawing! It's a bit tricky doing that whilst looking down your viewfinder at the same time! Anyway, it's a bit wobbly and ends a bit quick-ish but it was fun to do. I also made a little border to go round it because the video came out a little dark (I was trying for a 'look through the keyhole' type effect!), but my skills aren't up to combining the two on the blog (well, at ALL come to that!!)...but you can see it all put together by a very clever person here if you fancy a look! Thanks for stopping by! xox

Thursday, 5 February 2015

colour at the fair...

 ... I popped along to the Spring Fair today (it's been running since last Sunday & happens every February at the NEC just outside of Birmingham) for a bit of a peek at what will be in the shops soon and to get some inspiration...The show is huge, lots of fun and packed with all sorts of amazing products from Greetings Cards to Homewares, and from Children's Books and Toys to Christmas Holiday trends... Whilst I was there I took a few sneaky pics of some lovely things I saw (I definitely want one of those embroidered lamps!) and thought you might like to see a bit of what's what... As far as trends go, I noticed that there were lots of natural products around, especially those in wood, and also that owls and woodland animals are still big news. There was lots of lovely strong, bold colour and some fab geometrics too. Enjoy! x





Monday, 2 February 2015

print and pattern...

...a lovely hip-hip-hurray and thank you to Marie Perkins over on Print and Pattern today... She has written a fab article on my incredible new agent Jennifer Nelson and her new studio: Jennifer Nelson Artists...Hope you'll pop over and take a look. x

Thursday, 29 January 2015

colour in the grey...

 ... I've been spending so much time being inside and at my computer of late, that spontaneity got the better of me yesterday (despite the freezing weather) & I headed off on the train for an outing ... Our nearest city is Birmingham ... "oh grim and grimy"... I hear you say, but I'm afraid I have to beg to differ!

...Whilst it's true that much of the city still pays a grey homage to its heavily industrial past (especially as you approach by train in the sleet!), there are some wonderful little hidden gems of places & new areas given over to fresh & modern development that are exciting & full of vibrancy & colour if you're willing to take a look...

... Here are a few snaps of some of the colour I found amongst the grey ... a yummy strawberry fuelled late breakfast, a splendid teapot & cups display against a mid-century backdrop, and some beautiful paper kites hanging from the ceiling in the theatre foyer ... but then before I knew it, it was time to hurry home to grab my Big and Little Beans and make the tea. But I love Birmingham...it has an honesty and a history that always warms my heart & still manages to invigorate & fill me with fresh inspiration. Looking forward to my next visit already. x




Sunday, 18 January 2015

super new news!...

























                                               



So excited!...Yippee....what more can I say? You can find us here. Hope you'll pop along and have a look x