Sunday, 13 December 2015

T'is The Season!

It's all about Christmas here this weekend! I've still got some little robin cards for sale in my Etsy shop, individually or in packs of five, sustainably printed in Cornwall on 100% recycled card stock with brown craft envelopes, from my original lino print collage. They're also available in Dukki, the wonderful Nottingham-themed shop in Nottingham's Broadmarsh centre. If you're local and you haven't been in there yet do pop in and say hello - almost everything's made in store or locally, and designed exclusively by owner Heidi Hargreaves and her artist partner Ian Jones. They're on the top floor just a few units on from the caves.

                                                                                                                                                                            (c) Becca Thorne

I've also put up some new giclee repro prints of my popular L'il Red print and the Sight & Sound magazine cover illustration of The Tales of Old Weird Britain. Visit my shop for these and more, including hand-printed tote bags and other gubbins.

So have a very Merry Christmas, one and all! And a hearty new year! I'll leave you with this year's commissioned festive cards for YSC UK and Australia

                                                                                                                                                              (c) Becca Thorne for YSC



Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Shubh Deepawali!

(c) Becca Thorne for YSC India
There is only one place where you can legitimately get the festive lights up in early November, and that's anywhere celebrating Diwali (and once they're up, they might as well stay up til Christmas)! One year, when we were living in Leicester, Diwali and Bonfire night were just a couple of days apart, and the fireworks were amazing. If you're in Leicester tonight, head over to Belgrave Road, where there'll be fireworks, light displays, fire dancers and other celebrations, particularly in Cossington Recreation Ground, and the shops of The Golden Mile will be open late. Leicester has one of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India, so if you miss it this year, remember it for 2016!

This piece was commissioned by YSC India. Shubh Deepawali to all!

Friday, 14 August 2015

A New Shop and A Depressed Dentist

I'm still busy working on my children's book (you can continue to follow my progress on Instagram and Tumblr), but in the last few weeks my attention's been focussed on a couple of other projects. The first is my new Spreadshirt shop, beccathorne.spreadshirt.co.uk. Most of the designs are on T-shirts only right now, but I've added a few other products - bags, flip-flops, cushions etc - with my Whales and Waves design, just to test the water. So if you like the look of the other products, but want to see them with more designs, please let me know and I'll create some. Likewise, if you've been eager to see a particular print available on anything, but I haven't yet uploaded it, leave me a comment and I'll get on it!

More styles, colours and designs available!
The other project was a commission for a lovely author called Bishop C. Knight, who's based in Massachusetts, USA. She's looking to get her short story published as an illustrated novel for, "adult readers who like books by Lemony Snicket ... who like dark yet accessible gothic humor; who never outgrew illustrated books". Sounds appealing, yes? So we spent the last few weeks realising her vision for the first page, developing the main characters (a depressed dentist, his wife and the philosopher whose work the dentist hopes will help him through his troubles) and figuring out exactly how she wanted the book to look and feel. Hopefully we'll work on some more soon, but for now here's the first page:

                                                                                                                                (c) Becca Thorne 2015 for Bishop C. Knight
You can find out a bit more about Bishop on her blog, A Broke Bridget.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Perils of Piety: New Illustrations for BBC History Magazine

This month's BBC History Magazine features my illustrations for another article by Steven Gunn and Tomasz Gromelski, furthering their research into accidental deaths in Tudor England. This time they look at deaths caused in and around churches.

                                                                                                                                (c) Becca Thorne for BBC History Magazine

Piety was apparently a dangerous business in Elizabethan England, and death could come from dislodged stones, falling books, campanology or the catch-all 'divine providence'. The main illustration features some of the everyday activities that led to fatalities.

                                                                                                                                (c) Becca Thorne for BBC History Magazine

Friday, 3 April 2015

Bags Now Available on dukkigifts.co.uk

The wonderful folk of Nottingham's Dukki Gifts are now stocking my hand-printed bags in their online shop.

                                                                                                                         dukkigifts.co.uk

Every bag is 100% unbleached cotton, with long handles for slinging over your shoulder and hand silk screened by me from an original print or sketch, and all are limited edition.

                                                                                                                                  Photo (c) Heidi Hargreaves for Dukki Gifts
They're on sale for a very reasonable £17 with UK p&p included. Head on over to dukkigifts.co.uk/shop where you'll find my six designs, as well as Dukki's own range of Nottingham-themed jute and cotton totes. Check out the rest of their shop too, they've got all kinds of goodness in there.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Becca Thorne at The DUKKI Showcase

From Saturday 15th March I'll be taking part in The DUKKI Showcase, a celebration of local artists, designers and makers, organised and curated by the lovely folk at DUKKI on the upper floor of Broadmarsh, Nottingham.


Each month DUKKI will dedicate two weeks to a different local artist, showcasing their talents and selling their wares. February was all about DUKKI's own Ian Jones, a talented digital painter and illustrator who specialises in colourful, whimsical pieces inspired by street art and local goings-on. He's recently been dabbling in gorgeous black and white wild animal portraits, check them out on his Instagram account, @nonsenseprophet, where he's always sharing new work and sketches.

After me will be Farah Batool, who creates stunning ceramic jewellery that I can't wait to see in real life. I may have to treat myself to a little something when her turn comes around in April!

My exhibit will be on from 15th-29th March and all pieces will be for sale. The Showcase continues into November, follow DUKKI on Twitter or Facebook for updates and further info. Click the image below for a larger version.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Happy Chinese New Year 2015!

Happy Year of the Goat! YSC commissioned me to create this illustration for their 2015 Chinese New Year e-mailer (I did their Year of the Horse mailer last year too).

                                                                                                                                                     (c) Becca Thorne for YSC 2015
Here's to a happy and prosperous new year. Salut!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

At Home With Henry VIII


This post has been a long time coming; months ago, back in the spring of last year, I illustrated Rose Shepherd's At Home With Henry VIII for CICO Books. The publishing date got pushed a couple of times, but it finally came out towards the end of last year. My copy arrived this morning, and I was more than a little excited as I tore into the wrapping. I'm really looking forward to reading it.



As well as the obligatory wives portraits, I also created Tudor-style, themed chapter headings, a Tudor Rose border, which is embossed in gold on the cover and printed around the internal pages, and a big fat Henry for the cover. Strangely, all the images I've found in online book sellers show either the initial holding imagery or my pencil roughs on the cover, rather than the actual finished book. But, rest-assured, if you buy the book it will look like the photo above!

                                                                                                                                      (c) Becca Thorne 2014 for CICO Books




































My exhibition at Dean Heritage Centre is still running for another two weeks so, if you haven't already, do try to get down there and check it out! After that the six prints will be heading to Dukki in the Broadmarsh Centre, Nottingham, where they'll feature as part of Dukki's Nottingham Showcase of local artists. First up, from the 15th February, will be Ian Jones, illustrator and digital artist and one half of the Dukki team. Find out more here.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Beauty & Curiosity at Dean Heritage Centre

My exhibition with my brother, James Thorne, opens today at Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean. We're in the little gallery space at the very front of the centre, just after the shop.

Jamie's beautiful large-format photographs depict the beauty and curiosity of the Forest in both black & white and colour, and my lino prints are based around curios and landscapes in wild spaces all around the country.

                                                                                        James Thorne's show at Dean Heritage Centre (c) Becca Thorne 2015


We're in very good company, with beautiful Forest-themed friezes by school children done as part of the Big Draw 2014 hanging along the lower walls, and the windows by my work look out over the lake with it's beautiful dragon sculpture and series of hand carved, wooden Gruffalo. If you're lucky you might get to see the resident kingfisher swooping and diving out on the water.

(c) Becca Thorne2015
You do have to pay to get into the Centre, but it's definitely worth it to then wander around the museums and grounds (they've got several acres of woodland and garden to explore, including Gruffalo and Room On The Broom-themed nature trails for kids). Make a day of it!


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Dean Heritage Centre Exhibition Opens This Weekend!

Happy New Year! I trust you had a pleasant and festive Christmastide and have entered 2015 with a wider, more chocolaty waistline? Yesterday I had the traditional Twelfth Night conversation with my mum, where we tried to decide whether Christmas decorations are supposed to come down on the fifth or the sixth. I think it's the sixth, because Twelfth Night is still part of Christmas, but she's recently decided they should come down on Twelfth Night in the manner they went up - with Christmassy music playing and the final mince pies being scoffed. Either way, Christmas is now officially over and so we must begin the business of real life again.

On Friday I head for The Shire, to hang my six wee prints at Dean Heritage Centre where they'll remain until late February along with my brother, James Thorne's, beautiful large-format photographs. The show officially opens on Saturday - you need to pay to get into the museum but it's well worth it. The Heritage Centre has five acres of land full of all things Forest; as well as the art gallery there are 5 more galleries and 2000 artefacts telling the story of the Forest from the Ice Age up to the present day, indoor and outdoor activity trails, a Victorian schoolroom, Charcoal Burner's Camp and Forester's cottage (my faves when I was little), two beautiful Gloucester Old Spot piggies, chickens and rabbits, plus ferret walking if you go on a sunny day during the week! There's also a cafe which serves hot and cold food, cakes and drinks.

                                                                                                                                                      Teasels (c) Becca Thorne 2014

All framed pieces will be for sale from the gallery, with further editions available directly from James or me. You can find more info on the museum at deanheritagecentre.com and keep up to date on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Hopefully see you there!