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

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... 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

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year...

©beebrown 2015
...Hello, hello...and Happy New Year to each and everyone of you!... 2015 is finally here and here's some jolly artwork to welcome in the next 12 months of open possibility ... Thank you so much for bearing with me whilst I have had my head down, beavering away on my special project (and then having a good old rest for a couple of weeks at the end of it!)... but I've re-surfaced again now and am filled with new energy and enthusiasm for sharing news from the Hive for 2015...(and I can reveal some uber exciting news soon too)...So here's to a new and exciting start for all of us...Welcome, welcome 2015!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

putting the buzz into 'B'...

...Lisa Congdon's new book 'Art INC' arrived this morning...it promises to be packed full with info & advice for emerging artists/designers (just like me!) to getting a successful brand and creative career properly established. I'm very excited as I'm really hoping that this, along with a new opportunity just hovering on the horizon, is really going to help me make great striding steps forward with my plan B...

...there is much to do and now that I have a few small projects tied up and out of the way, I need to really knuckle down, focus and put all my creative energy into creating a strong, brand new body of what I hope will be great work...

...I won't be blogging too much over the next few weeks so please bear with me as creating this portfolio of new designs has to be my priority, but I'm hoping (and I'm really really hoping, fingers, toes and everything crossed) that I can make the promise of this new opportunity into something real & that come the New Year I'll have some exciting news to tell...

...So please, wish me luck everyone and I'll be re-surfacing in the not too distant future with what I hope will be a great stride forward!...Toodlepip for a bit! xx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A not meant to B...

...So, alas and alack the results are in for the semi-finals of the 2014 GTS and, as you may have guessed, poor old Mr. Banjo Bear didn't make it though...The final 6 that did get through made some beautiful work and if you wish to, you can pop along here to see the entries.

...I have to admit to feeling a bit disappointed not to get the chance to proceed a bit further, but only from the point of view of getting that final seal of approval from the amazing panel of industry experts...I don't think I'm quite stellar enough to land that final prize & I'm hoping something will come from getting my work in front of those experts!!...

...At the end of the day, I've learnt a heap and had a great experience. I do work a lot better singing to the tune of my own guitar, so as the lovely Dawn Machell says over on her blog today, plan B will probably work out so much better than plan A, so now its time to move on from Lillaland and get my own wheels turning...Thanks Dawn :-) xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

a big heart-full of gratitude...

Us Both ©bee brown 2014
…Well the voting for GTS 2014 is over, phew…its been a tense few days and the results of both the judges choice of 5 artists and the peoples choice will be revealed on Wednesday…

…So, if you happened to place a little vote for my Banjo Bear then we would like to say, whatever the outcome, a very big THANK-YOU to you!!!…fingers crossed, good luck to everyone and all will be revealed soon…yikes!! xx