Beck is a surface designer who has a love of creating patterns and making things.
After working as a graphic designer for many years and yearning to create something away from the computer, Beck enrolled herself into a couple of screen-printing courses, which led her to become fascinated with pattern repeats and eventually start studying textiles.
Beck loves to draw and gets her inspiration from her travels, nature and life around Melbourne. She starts her patterns from sketches on paper, which she then digitises on the computer using Adobe Illustrator. Putting together a pattern is almost like fitting jigsaw pieces together for her.
She started Fabric Drawer while living and working in London, spending many hours (in the cold winter!) wondering how to follow her creative passions. When she returned to Melbourne she started working on her first patterns and putting them into collections, but it took awhile before any products were created.
It wasn't until she moved over to Indonesia for a couple of years that she explored printing her designs onto fabric. Digitally printed fabric was still very new, expensive and very little options to print locally in Australia. While she experimenting with printing and making a few products from fabric printed in Jakarta, she was looking to find local suppliers to do small runs when she returned to Melbourne. She now prints most of her fabric from a local Melbourne printer.
Things started very small and organically, by being involved in a few small craft markets selling products she’d designed and made. She's tried out different products, including cushions, baby bibs, cards, magnets, brooches, bags, anything that you can put a pattern on! Not deterred by the minimal sales and hours standing behind your stall waiting for a sale, she continued to create her patterns and products and try out different markets around Melbourne to get a feel of what people are interested in.
Beck uses her mother's old Bernina sewing machine to make all her products, and although her mother has a background in textiles and pattern making, she's managed to mostly teach herself how to sew.
In addition to her fabric and paper goods under Fabric drawer, Beck has also worked with an art agent in American, licensing her artwork on a range gift/party ware and greeting cards. Since flying solo, she’s collaborated with The Gro Company, Apiary Made, Monster Threads and has had a range of fabrics through Nerida Hansen fabrics.
Beck’s work has also appeared in Uppercase Magazine, Print & Pattern blog and Flow Magazine’s 2019 calendar.
Outside of design life, she’s a busy mum to two daughters and she still works and freelances as a graphic designer.
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