Friday, 21 February 2020

being brave ...



... Life has changed a bit since I last used to upload little illustrations to this blog (The Design Hive as it was once known ... and, I must say, a big thank you to those readers who have stayed with me during what has been, to say the least, a lean period in terms of posting to this blog). But now, as well as continuing to work as an illustrator, I'm also part owner of a coffee shop. A crazy, adventurous leap into the world of coffee beans, latte art and hot sandwiches-to-go ...

... My other half had had enough of 'corporate life', of crazy deadlines, impossible policies and bosses with more alpha testosterone than alligators, so we decided to make the move and make a change, to take a leap into the unknown and try something new, something to make our own ... So here we are, running our own little coffee shop in a very old town by a railway station in the middle of England ... it comes with it's fair share of challenges (what doesn't) but so far so good ...

... So with that change comes a change in what I would now like to now share with you, my readers. I'd like this place to be somewhere to share snippets of this new coffee shop life, of the journey we're on, of illustration projects on-the-go, of finished products and of creative, practical how-to's ... and to begin this journey I'm posting a little video of the very beginning, of where we were & how things looked inside the shop just a few weeks ago ...  I hope you'll watch this blog-space, stay tuned and join me as we embark on this next adventure ... xx




Tuesday, 11 February 2020

prepare for overhaul! ...

... 'N E W' is coming ... it's on its way!

... Watch this space because this blog is about to have a M A J O R new overhaul!

... New pictures, new content, new ideas, new way of life ... E V E R Y T H I N G!

... Coming soon ... Promise!! x


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Heimtextil ...




... very thrilled to announce that the lovely Jennifer is taking JNA to Heimtextil next year, a surface pattern show held in Frankfurt, Germany. This is a new venture for us so I'm excited to see how it goes. Here's my flyer and if you're interested in attending please see details about where and when above!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

new look at JNA ...

dolls house ©bee brown 2017


... it's been such a busy Summer and such a busy start to the Autumn that I haven't been posting so very much on the blog. I've been beavering away on a series of 4 fun books for children which are due for publication next year. As usual I can't reveal too much, but I'm pleased to say I'm now half-way through the project! Looking forward to sharing more soon. In the meantime, we've been having a little bit of a facelift over on the JNA website and here are my updated 'about' and 'portfolio' pages which have been beautifully fused together by Jennifer. 

being brave ...

... Life has changed a bit since I last used to upload little illustrations to this blog (The Design Hive as it was once known ... an...