Commissions

I want to share some smaller and bigger art commissions with you that I have done in this past year. I mainly make my own art, but if it’s for an ethical or inspiring cause I am well up for it!

Influential Female Jazz Musician – a portrait of Marie Lou Williams

MarieLouWilliams3

I made this portrait of Jazz musician Mary Lou Williams as a commission, to celebrate this great woman in Jazz in a music world where men seem and seemed to dominate. Mary Lou Williams was an influential pianist, composer and vocalist, who wrote and arranged for other big names like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

As seen in the exhibition and zine ‘Illustrated Women in History’ by A Pale Landscape (2017).

Centrala – 2x customised designs for Digbeth art gallery

When you create a design and pinbadge for your favorite urban art gallery… ‘Those Light bulb Moments’ & ‘Centrala’ pinbadge.

Centrala Art Gallery (Digbeth, Birmingham) have been supportive of my art from the moment I moved to Birmingham, by exhibiting and selling my prints, mugs and pin badges. It was about time I made them some designs, which they liked so much that they asked for a whole bunch of handmade pin badge (for sale in Centrala).

Visit: http://centrala-space.org.uk/

Tiny Acorns – Sustainability blog

35654386_1644328482331184_4032116800723353600_o

This commission was so much fun to make! Journalist and Sustainability activist Tara Craig commissioned me to draw her Blog logo, and ‘hero’ and ‘villain’ banners for her amazing blog which deals with personal challenges and inspirators to live more sustainable.

I loved doodling, sharing ideas with Tara, and working out her final choices… and they are now live on her website. I’m particularly pleased with my Hero design, where the ‘H’ wears the superman cape! Have a read:


Little Girls Power
– customised pin badge

I met a lovely lady the other day who, upon seeing my Fly earrings (‘Your Bug Me’ series) told me about the children’s book Ruby Redford about a girl who wears a fly pin.

She asked me if I could turn the design into a pin badge for her daughter’s 10th birthday so she could wear one just like brave Ruby in the books!

Now mum and daughter will be wearing their own fly pins soon

Interested in commissioning me?

Firstly, have a read of my biography. Like what you read? Contact me on jorine_beck@hotmail.com or through my Facebook or Instagram to discuss your ideas.

 

Feminist Art workshop

Aren’t we all in need of a bit more feminist protest art? The Women’s Institute (Balsall Heath & Moseley division) definitely agreed and asked me to run a workshop for them.

Last Sunday I ran a Feminist Protest Pin workshop during the WI monthly meeting. I arrived at the beautiful St Columba Hall in Moseley and was greeted warmly by the organisers and loads of cakes…

30443013_10155504871759537_3933916878921007104_n

The turn-out was great with 30 members and visitors keen to get stuck in. After a lovely introduction by Rebecca Dawes Lea I spoke a bit about my work and the plan for the day…

We started with a brainstorm about topics that were at the forefront of the women’s minds, by mindmapping their different ideas. Topics included equal pay, women’s bodies, influence of social media on perception of your identity, racism, ageism, sexism and environmental concerns. Then I introduced the concept of ‘metaphors’ and how to use metaphors to make a statement about a concern. A bit of a challenge, but after some converstaions and examples the ideas started flowing!

30629255_10155504871919537_8570735340862570496_n

Time to get creative! Doodling, writing, changing, swapping… anything to get that perfect design for the pin badge. I asked the participants to especially think about metaphors or symbols that would make great shapes for the pins.

Then the scary part… drawing the design on to the plastic with permanent markers, and trying not to make a mistake!

The designs turned out so well! Then it was time to bake them, and have a cuppa! The results were fantastic and the shapes incredible. What about a mermaid, beating heart, female symbol, bank note, eye, cupcake, robot or uterus for a pin badge?

I love them all ladies, wear them with pride!

Jorine xx

W! april 2018 pins