Artsfest Photos and more news...

Here are some photos I took at Artsfest 2 weeks ago. Sorry for the late update, but I will fill you in with an explanation further down the page...

My space at Art on the Railings:

The Hall of Memory in Centenery Square on the gloriously sunny Saturday:

The fireworks display on Saturday night:

Now for the explanation...

I am going to be leaving the UK for 3 months from the 3rd October, to do some travelling around South America. I'll be visiting Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, all on a big yellow truck with a group of people whom I've never met, but hope will become good friends.

In that time, I hope to pick up some good inspiration for future work and will have my camera at the ready at all times!

I will have a sale on in my etsy shop next week to celebrate my leaving. While I'm away a friend will fulfill any etsy orders, but the stock may be limited so if you're looking for anything specific, please get in there quick!

I'll also be at Moseley Market this Saturday so hope to see a few of you there.

Bye for now!


Great first day at Artsfest

Wow, it's been a pretty hectic day.

The arts on the railings went pretty well, the sun was shining and lots of people came out to say hello. My pitch was directly in the sunlight for 5 hours so it's safe to say I'm now looking a bit crispy and feeling a little bit of a glow. Met some great people though and sold a decent amount of work.

Packed up at 6pm and then was back in centenery square for the classical fantasia.

Off to bed now as am pretty exhausted and am going to do it all over again tomorrow!

Full report and photos to come after the recovery preiod...


Framed up and ready to go!

Here's a sneak preview of what delights will be on sale at Artsfest tomorrow:

All of the framed prints:

A new square format print of Emmylou Harris, one of my idols. There will only be one of these so be quick if you want to snap it up!

I'll also have the usual cards and unframed prints on offer.

See you tomorrow!

Artfest is upon us!

Artsfest kicks off tonight. Hope those of you that are coming are looking forward to an excellent weekend of entertainment!

I set up my area on the railings of Centenery Square tomorrow, opening at 12 o'clock. I popped down today to check out the site being set up and take a quick photo of the railings so I can plan my space. Here are the photos I took:

Special Offers on Etsy

A fellow member of the Etsy Midlanders, Phillisb, will be leaving the UK for Zambia soon and so is adding special offers to her site over the next 2 weeks. She has some great cards and modern cross stitch designs on the site so go over and check them out:



New Commission!

Lavenderwool, the company that I produced 3 bumper stickers for through Etsy have commissioned me to design 2 more. I shall post the new designs when they're finished.

I've also sold 2 more prints through etsy this week to Seattle in the US. Beckyismyname is going stateside!


Artsfest this weekend

I will have a space on the railings in Centenery Square at Birmingham's Artsfest this weekend. Come and see me between 12 and 6 on either Saturday or Sunday. I'll have prints of different sizes available, framed and unframed. There will be lots of other entertainment going on in the square with live music and dance so well worth a day out!

In other news, I will be leaving the UK for South America on the 3rd October and won't be back in the country until the 4th January. Artsfest and the September 22nd Moseley Arts Market will be your last chance to see my work before I go, so if you are thinking of buying anything from me, please try and make it to one of these.

My etsy shop will be run by a friend while I'm away but stocks may be limited. I shall post further details closer to the time.

Hasta luego amigos!


Bank Holiday Study Trip

I took a trip to Ikea yesterday (I know, bank holiday horror!) to buy lots of new frames in preparation for Artsfest, to sell to the Cherry Tree in Bearwood and to put up some photographs in the Warley Woods Cafe.

On the way there I got a tip off that Ikea has recently changed it's display font from the elegant simplicity of Futura to Verdana, mostly used as a screen font. So a seemingly simple trip turned into a reconnaissance mission, a typographic study trip...

Ikea Coventry hasn't yet completely finished the branding excercise, most of the display material was still written in Futura, but there was the odd hint at the rebrand. I took a photo of one of the offending posters:

The supposed reason behind the rebrand is that Ikea want to use the same font throughout it's branding, from web to print material. To me, this seems like lazy typography. You need to choose a font based on it's end purpose, and Verdana just doesn't cut it when used at a large scale. I'm a bit confused as to why Ikea would spend the extra expense licensing the new font when the old one worked so much better. If it aint broke, don't bother fixing it.

I'm assuming they will be using the font on their instruction manuals too, items that are meant to make the headache-inducing process of putting their furniture together as simple as possible. Keeping the typography simple is key to a document like that.

The type debate is hotting up on the typophile forum, check it out here if you're interested in hearing more type geekery:


I ended up buying far too many frames than I could carry yesterday; 19 to be exact, and when I came out of Ikea it was raining and had to carry them back to the train station and back home to Brum. My shoulders actually have dents in them this morning. Who says I don't suffer for my art!

In other news, I sold a Moseley Dovecote print to a lady in Sacramento, CA through Etsy. Very exciting.

There are lots of other exciting things happening in the world of becky at the moment but I shall drip feed these to you over the next few days.

Hope everyone's having a fabulous bank holiday!


Today's inspiration

I've been designing some report covers for work today and was searching for inspiration in classic book covers, when I came accross Olly Moss, and his videogame covers, which use the same grid as the classic penguin book covers. The typography and simple imagery is great. I'm also designing a brochure cover for a project at work and only hope I can go some way to capture the simplicity that Moss does in his illustrations.

Here are some of Moss's covers:

and some other covers I swooned at today:

You can see more of Olly Moss's work here:


Etsy commission is finished!

I was commissioned through Etsy's alchemy tool to create 3 magnetic bumper stickers for a rug hooking company in the US. I've thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with a company so far away and feel we worked really well together to reach an outcome that we are all pleased with. Here are the final designs. Look out for them in a car window near you!


Moseley Arts Market

Hi y'all!
Just a quick note to let you know that I will have a stall at next Saturday's (22nd August) Moseley Arts Market on Alcester Road. I will be selling more of my Moseley Dovecote Prints, and a few Warley Woods framed prints, as well as some unframed prints and the usual cards.
Hope to see some of you there!


New Commission through Etsy and a Beautiful Kent Wedding!

I've been commissioned to design 3 bumper stickers through Etsy.com. The commission is from a company based in Minesotta and is a rug hooking and wool supply business. Check out their website here:

The designs are coming along nicely and I'm enjoying the opportunity of working for someone so far away, and the idea that my design will be on cars travelling through the US! I shall post the designs once they have been finalised and agreed.

In other news, I attended the lovely wedding of my friends Hannah and Conor Costigan at the weekend. It was set in the beautiful Kent countryside and it was great to get away from the smog and catch up with friends.

I had designed the wedding invitations and table plan for the wedding and even got a mention in the speeches, which was totally unexpected and made me blush. I'm not sure if any photos were taken of the table plan and my little handbag was too small to fit my camera in, but I shall ask around and post photos if I can find any. In the meantime, here's a screen grab of the front of the invitation, which was designed with an illustration of a sweet pea to complement the bridal party's flowers.


The weekend is almost here...

My to do list for the weekend:

- catch up with friends
- buy outfit for forthcoming friends' wedding
- watch cricket on the big screen in the park
- visit the Ikon Gallery and the Framers to see if any of my work has sold
- deliver Warley Woods prints to the Cherry Tree

This weekend was supposed to be relaxing but it's fast getting filled up...!


Better late than never...

So Moseley Arts Market was a great experience on Saturday. I met lots of other stallholders, got some good advice for Artsfest in September, got a better idea of what people like and dislike about my work, and sold a few pieces too! My Moseley Dovecote print was the most popular; not surprising seeing as it's a local piece. The InShadow images also seemed to be popular, and quite a few cards flew off the shelves.

The weather held up, with the morning starting off too hot, but by midday the sun had dropped and it was a pleasant temperature for standing around under a plastic sheet! People seemed in good spirits. After thoroughly enjoying the day, I have signed up for another stall on the 22nd August.

A few people took the information sheets on my Warley Woods prints. Incidentally, I have agreed to supply some of these to the Warley Woods Community Trust cafe in the woods in 2 weeks time. They are going to be displayed on the walls and for sale in the shop and by custom order. More details to follow on that soon.

For now though, I shall leave you with some photos of my day at the Arts Market in Moseley...

beckyismyname's stall:

The Dovecote print in action:


Framed Moseley Dovecote prints now on Etsy!

My new illustration of Moseley Dovecote is now available to buy on Etsy.

I've priced it at $50, which is roughly £30. I can provide the print unframed if anyone would prefer. Please either email me direct or through etsy if you're interested.



Moseley Dovecote

I've produced a new illustration of Moseley Dovecote to have on sale at the arts market tomorrow. I'm quite pleased with it, I think the colours work well together.

Here's a little bit about Moseley Dovecote from The Moseley Societies website (www.moseley-society.org.uk):

The Moseley Dovecote

The Moseley dovecote was built in the 18th century probably at a similar time to the icehouse, but the precise date is not known. It was constructed of red brick of three storeys and is octagonal in shape. It had, by 1840, been adapted for general farm use and its ground floor had been converted to two pig sties, and the upper parts became storage rooms. The whole complex of South Lodge buildings was scheduled for demolition in 1933, but public petitions for the dovecote were successful, and this building, with a part of the adjoining “cow-house”, were spared. Plans for restoration of the building were in hand in 1939, but work was suspended on the outbreak of war, and it was not until the 1980s that, with the help of the Manpower Services Commission, it was possible to complete the work.

The Dovecote has been placed in the care of the Moseley Society, whose members volunteer to supervise opening to the public.

Text by Roy Cockel

and here's my illustration:

It will be available framed at tomorrow's market or you can email me on beckyismyname@hotmail.co.uk if you're interested in buying a print.


Moseley Arts Market

The arts market is on this Saturday and I am running behind on my preparation! I will be spending some time tomorrow evening illustrating the Moseley Dovecote, which is a beautiful little building, set back from Alcester Road. I want to have a few of these illustrations available for Saturday for a little local flavour!

I'm off to the framers this evening on my way back from London to pick up some more stock, and then will be spending tomorrow organising myself.

On top of all this, I need to come up with a fancy dress outfit for Saturday night! Photos possibly to be posted after the event...!


Busy Week!

The last week has been very busy. I've been producing 4 prints of Warley Woods for a private commission and am now putting costs together for a canvas print of my 'Tickle me' illustration. I've also got 10 of my illustrations available to sell at Studio4 Gallery at the Custard Factory, Brum and 'The Cherry Tree' interiors shop in Bearwood has asked for 6 of my Warley Woods prints to display for sale in their shop. That's on top of starting preparations for the arts market in Moseley on the 25th July! Must get to the framers this weekend to get some more stock in...

If you haven't already been to Studio4 Gallery by the way, you must go. They've got some amazing artwork on display. I spent about an hour in there perusing, before I plucked up the courage to ask if they were interested in my work. It's at the back of the pool in the Cutard Factory and is part of The Framers shop.

Moseley Arts Market

beckyismyname will have a stall at Moseley Arts Market on the 25th July. The market runs in conjunction with the village Farmers Market and is the first event I will have taken part in in Moseley. I'm very much looking forward to it.

I plan to have some of my framed Warley Woods prints at the event and may even have some local prints of Moseley if I can get out of the house in this sunny weather to take some! It seems to be sunny when I'm busy doing other things at the moment and as soon as I step out with my camera, the heavens open!

I'm also working on a commission for a canvas print of one of my illustrations, which is very exciting, and may spell a new direction for my work. Keep your eyes peeled for further developments here...


Warley Woods Prints now available on Etsy!

I now have four of my photographic prints available to buy on Etsy. Check out the shop for more info:



A Walk in the Woods

I have a new range of photographic prints available of Warley Woods in Bearwood. The posters are £4 for A4 size (297 x 210mm) or £7 for A3 size (420 x 297mm). Postage is £2 per poster, or you can pick them up from me in Bearwood if you want to save on the postage. All posters are printed on 290gsm high quality satin paper. If you're interested in buying any of the prints, please send me an email as these won't be available on etsy yet. My email address is beckyismyname@hotmail.co.uk

Handmade Saturdays at the Custard Factory

I shared a stall with a fellow Etsy Midlander Phillis B:
last Saturday at the Cuatsrd Factory in Birmingham. It was a great day, and I got to meet some lovely crafters and it also resulted in my first sale on Etsy!

The Market is organised by COW (Creative Open Workshops) who run a range of creative workshops from their studio at the back of the pool in the Custard Factory, Digbeth. They will be running the market every Saturday in June and I will be there again this Saturday. For further details on the event see the COW blog:


I've been chosen in a treasury!

Treasuries on etsy are collections of fellow etsian's favourite pieces or pieces that fit a particular theme. One of my 'In Shadow' posters has just been selected and used in one. It's my first treasury so I'm a bit excited!

Follow this link to see my poster and other lovely Etsy items:


beckyismyname set to appear at Artsfest 2009!

I'm so excited about this! I have been chosen to have a space on the railings at Centenery Square in Birmingham City Centre to show my artwork.

Artsfest is an annual arts event held in the city and sees music, dance and visual arts dotted all around the city for 3 days. I have been every year for the past 4 years and always had such a great time discovering new music and artists.

I'll give more updates closer to the time.


Cards now for sale at Ikon shop, Birmingham!

I am honoured to now have some of my cards for sale at the Ikon Shop in Brindleyplace, Birmingham. Cards will be retailing at £2.00 each, and my notecards inspired by the tiles inside the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath will also be selling for £4.95.


Mr Elephant Presents 2nd Birthday Bank Holiday Celebration

I will be hosting a stall at this event at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham on Saturday 23rd May. The 4 room festival-style event runs from 3pm - 3am, and will incolve lots of workshops (3-7pm) as well as a great lineup of some groundbreaking international artists, and inspirational birmingham artists, promoters, bands, djs, vjs, and local orgs, with plenty of ways for everyone of all ages and tastes to get involved with the festivities.

On my stall I will be selling a selection of cards, and posters, and will have an ordering service so if anyone fancies a custom poster, I will make it up and send it on to them after the event. Really looking forward to this!

Copy and paste this link in to your browser for more info on the event (sorry, I still haven't worked out how to add proper links to this thing!



New Items on etsy.com, and the marketing begins!

I managed to take some photos of my cards, although I'm not completely happy with them. It's difficult to get the lighting right and they look really plain compared to others' photos. I'm thinking of putting them on some graph paper to re-photograph, so we'll see how that looks at the weekend. Anyway, I've got 5 cards on the site now:

I made a visit to the flea market at the custard factory at the weekend and put some of my business cards out. I've also today designed some flyers for distribution around the city. Here they are:

I've also joined the etsy Midlands team. You can view their blog here:


New Etsy Shop!

So I've set up a shop on etsy.com. It's very new at the moment and I currently only have my posters displayed, but am planning on photographing my cards at the weekend and getting them up too. Then it'll be time to get marketing!
Here's a link to my shop:



New A2 Posters

These 5 illustrations are now available as high quality inkjet prints at A2 on 240gsm satin stock. Each poster costs £18. Please email me if you're interested in buying any of the posters.


New A6 Greetings Card Designs

Here are some examples of the card ranges I currently have for sale. All cards are printed on 300gsm high quality bright white stock, and supplied with a white envelope. They are for sale for £1.50 each. If you would like to purchase any of my cards, please email me on: beckyismyname@hotmail.co.uk


Welcome to the beckyismyname blog. It's been set up to post my existing and new design work online. Feel free to leave feedback on any of my work, good or bad, it all helps. Enjoy!