Tuesday, 24 November 2015

blueprint banner...

...  Our first proper show as a little agency is soon to take place and we are all super excited to say that oodles & oodles of brand new work will be shown at Blueprint in New York!  (more info in the flyer) ... The show is on for 3 days from the 2nd to the 4th December & if you happen to be in that neck of the woods, & fancy a goosey goosey gander, then Jennifer would LOVE to see you...!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

cup of celebratory tea...

... I just found out that I've managed to accumulate 400 followers over on Twitter! I never thought I'd drum up that amount of interest in my little creative adventures but I'm so pleased that I have. It's great that peeps over there are joining along for the ride too. If you follow me over there as well, then here is another BIG thanks from me! If you'd like to follow along on twitter and don't already, just click on the link on the right hand side of the blog!  I'm now off for a celebratory cup of tea....xox

Saturday, 31 October 2015

halloween hoot...

'halloween hoot!' ©beebrown2015

... If you're celebrating Halloween this weekend, have a wonderfully wicked time!! Happy Hallows Eve! xox

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

feeling a lot like Christmas...

...Okay, so strictly speaking it's time to celebrate Halloween right now, especially with it being half-term and all, but I couldn't resist showing you these lovely samples of Christmas Holiday photo cards that have been coming through my letter box this week! They were designed and made for the lovely people at mpix and if you'd like to see more, please pop over to see them here!

Monday, 28 September 2015

hello and prints for Zulily...

...Hello blog! I'm so sorry it's been such a long time and so much has happened...summer holidays, children back to school and lot lots more. But in the meantime I was asked by the lovely people at Jelly the Pug to design some patterns for them for little girl's dresses, which was such a lot of fun! Having two boys myself, I don't often get to do the girly stuff so this was a real treat for me. Hope you like them too. You can find out more here

Thursday, 16 July 2015

hello baby...

©beebrown, photo by naturally maternal photography

... a while back I created some artwork for the fab folk at Mpix and I just thought you might like to have a little lookey-see! They make all sorts of lovely products that you can attach special photos to, from announcing new babies, to having fun parties, graduating and right through to tying the knot or all in another order if you prefer!! Fabulous! x

Monday, 6 July 2015

prints for Oopsy Daisy ...

... I'm super thrilled to be able to to share my 'Woodland Animals' collection that I created with Oopsy Daisy, the fab wall art company for kids!! ... the lovely folks there sent along this promo shot today and I'm really pleased with how they are all looking together. Super exciting as this is one of the first jobs I got with my fab agent Jennifer Nelson. The prints won't be available to purchase until a little later in the year, but if you happen to be thinking of new prints for a kids room makeover, perhaps you'll think of these!

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