A Day In The Life Of Jessica Barrah

I do most of my work digitally, so I can work on my laptop anywhere – but I often sit in the corner of the kitchen, since it is one of the sunniest rooms in the flat. I can put Marloe (aged four months), in his bouncy chair, or let him kick his legs on a blanket. I’m not looking forward to him learning to crawl – I’ll be chasing after him all the time!

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The kitchen looks onto our little decking area – I leave the door open in summer, or work in a deckchair in the shade. I made this magpie collage sitting out there – but ended up with lots of bits of paper blowing all over the place.

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At Christmas I like to listen to Kate Rusby’s Christmas album, ‘Sweet Bells’,  make some stem ginger biscuits, and relax in the corner while they are in the oven. Maybe with a cuppa and a magazine…

Put a brew on

I have an obsession with tea – I lived in Mexico for a while, teaching English, and my mum had to post me packets of PG Tips!

I now have to operate a ‘one in one out’ policy with mugs and vintage cups and saucers. If I see a nice design, I have trouble stopping myself buying it.

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I had some mugs printed to give to friends last Christmas, and also made some tea towels. I drive my boyfriend mad by only drinking half my tea, and leaving the rest to go cold. This one says ‘Hove’ – since that’s where we live! You can see the sea at the end of the road. I often go for a walk on the seafront – the colours of the beach hut doors clash fantastically, and the sea and sky are always changing.

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Shades of Beige

I love bright colours, but recently I experimented, using only shades of brown – as shown in the ‘tea’ tea towel design, and also the beach scene. That was inspired by the pebbly beach in Brighton and Hove. I did have to use a few different colours in that one for contrast – it just didn’t seem right to have a beige sea.

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Inspiration

I collect cards and postcards, and swap them around regularly.  I used to have a whole wall, but I’m trying to be a bit more minimalist!

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I am a great fan of charity shops, and have found some fantastic books which have really inspired me.

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I love craft books from the seventies – patchwork toys for example have really influenced some of my designs, like these elephant and kangaroo canvases in Marloe’s room.

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My favourite illustrations are in this book is ‘Stories from Everywhere’ . I love the bright yet muted colours and the slightly messy, free look to the illustrations.

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 Rockin’ Robin

My boyfriend is the bass player in a band, and lots of our friends are musically minded – so this I made a ‘Rockin’ Robin’ design for our Christmas cards.

I thought it appropriate to give him a ‘Flying Vee’ style guitar!

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Check out Jessica’s artwork on the Bright Art Licensing Website! http://brightartlicensing.com/artists/view/235