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MEET: Dee Beale by Christine Evans of http://papercloth.blogspot.com


Tell us how you got started as a printmaker? I have always been interested in printmaking and although I dabbled a little at art college, I couldn’t see myself earning a living as a printmaker so instead, I went on to study graphic design and illustration.


After graduating, I worked in design agencies for over 10 years. While on maternity leave after having my second child, I realised that I would like to spend more time at home with my children and that going back to full-time employment wasn’t really what I wanted to do.


Around this time, I began to follow design blogs and I came across the online handmade community and, more importantly for me, the Japanese Print Gocco. I was


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fascinated that such a small, simple machine could produce such beautiful prints. I did a lot of research and soon acquired one myself.


After a few experiments, I produced my first set of limited edition prints based on winter birds. I put them in my newly opened Etsy shop and was amazed to find that they sold out quite quickly. A few months later, I was contacted by Boxbird Gallery in Brighton and they became my first gallery stockist. I now work from my studio at home producing a small range of hand pulled prints.


As you work from home, how do you keep a balance between work and home life? I think it’s really difficult, perhaps impossible, to separate work from home life when you’re working from


your own home. I’m quite strict with myself about turning off the computer and try to make sure any printmaking equipment is tidied away before I pick the children up at the end of the school day, otherwise I think I’d be tempted to carry on when they got home and that just wouldn’t work. If I need to carry on it’s usually after they’ve gone to bed.


The thing I never truly switch off from is thinking of ideas. I always have an eye on what’s around me as it might be the inspiration for my next print.


So what has been inspiring you lately? I’m constantly looking for inspiration and inspiration comes daily from the world around me. I love mid-century design and much of my inspiration


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