DUKKI Showcase – Introducing Becca Thorne: Illustration

The majority of Becca’s illustration work is linocut, burnished with a teaspoon and printed with water-based inks…

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It’s time for us to introduce our next exhibitor in the DUKKI Showcase 2015!

Becca is an illustrator and printmaker based in Beeston, where she works at home in her spare room studio creating hand printed pieces in linocut, silkscreen and wood engraving. Originally from the Forest of Dean, she studied BA and MA Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts on the south Cornwall coast, graduating in 2004/05 respectively.

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 The majority of Becca’s illustration work is linocut, burnished with a teaspoon and printed with water-based inks, which dry faster than traditional oil-based mediums, allowing for longer to be spent on designing and cutting and less on waiting for inks to dry. Some more colourful illustrations, which require several printed layers, might be pieced together digitally for speed and accuracy, but she still uses more traditional and unpredictable techniques when the situation allows.

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Becca’s style lends itself well to historical illustration and, as such, she is often requested to create period-specific imagery for clients such as BBC History Magazine and The Folio Society.

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A love of nature inspires much of her personal work, especially the beautiful and wild areas she’s lived and travelled, from British beaches to New Zealand mountains, and this continues to inform and inspire her practice, as does the work of printmakers such as Sybil Andrews, Lill Tschudi, Cyril Edward Power and Medieval woodcutters and illuminators.

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 Becca’s been illustrating professionally since 2008, working for a wide variety of clients including National Trust Books, Sight & Sound Magazine, HarperCollins, The Earth Island Journal, Compassionate Dorset, YSC, GQ Magazine, Anchor Canada and Rugby Borough Council to name but a few. She also tutors part-time on the Graphic Design with Illustration degree course at DeMontfort University.

Becca will be exhibiting her latest collection of prints, from 15-29 March.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @BeThorney and on  Facebook at Becca Thorne: Illustration

DUKKI Showcase – Introducing Ian Jones Art and Illustration

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We thought it fitting to kickstart the ‘Dukki Showcase’ with our very own resident Artist Ian Jones.

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Whilst Ian has created artwork based on the local landmarks of Nottingham for us at DUKKI, he has primarily created a large portfolio of Street Art, some of which he will be exhibiting at DUKKI this month.

Ian Jones is an Artist and Illustrator, born and raised in Chilwell, Nottingham. He has been a professional illustrator for the last 7 years and studied Graphic Design at the Lace Market School of Art and Design.

His work is a blend of traditional and digital techniques resulting in richly layered textural images.

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The images that he produces bridge the gap between abstract and figurative painting, creating a landscape that simultaneously reflects reality and fantasy.raven

Ian’s main Artistic influences are Mythology, Shamanism, Graffiti and Tribal Art, which is clearly reflected in the colour palette that he uses.

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When he isn’t helping to run Dukki in the Broadmarsh, Ian is always busy creating new pieces of artwork and posting them on Twitter and Instagram, under the handle @nonsenseprophet. 10394032_10152350151608543_2507715205960836743_n equilibrium

His work has been displayed in galleries across the midlands, and a large proportion of his Nottingham Landmarks can be found already in DUKKI in the Broadmarsh.

Ian is an avid believer that there is something very pure about creating work digitally. He says “you are in effect painting with light, with electricity, manipulating and sculpting that which isn’t truly tangible.”

You can find Ian’s facebook page here, and follow him for the latest updates of his work.

Ian’s exhibition will start on Sunday 15th February and run until the end of the month.

A full list of the exhibitors taking part in the showcase, can be found here.

Next month we will be introducing Becca Thorne Illustration

Halloween and happy outcomes

The last few days have been rather hectic since I pitched to the ‘dragons’ at Inspiring Retail.
There have been Halloween parties,

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a whole lot of cakes,

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and a successful days trading at Barton’s PLC on Sunday. 

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But by far the most exciting thing to happen was the awards ceremony for the Inspiring retail awards 2014.
The morning of that day didn’t start too well. After hosting a party at the Lace Market Theatre for Halloween,  I had been vacuuming the club room at 1 am on sunday, dressed as Morticia Adams. Followed by a busy market on the Sunday. So when it came to being bright eyed and bushy tailed the next day, it was a bit of a challenge.

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Firstly, we had an ordeal getting Little Aud’s ‘cone of shame’ back on, that she had pulled off in the night. She then proceeded to do a Tazmanian devil impression around the house in retaliation. Knocking several items of stock over that we had prepared to take.
I then discovered that the heel had come off the pair of shoes I was going to wear, so there was a mad dash to buy the cheapest black shoes available. 
When we finally arrived at the Council House in Market Square,  it was magnificent.  I had never been inside before and seen the city from that perspective.

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We set up the table for display, and mingled with the other delegates. The previous winners were there, and several local business owners.
I had brought an entourage with me, consisting of family and friends.of course, Ian Jones was there in partnership with me, showing off some of the amazing pieces he had produced for me to sell.
David Hargreaves from Fisher Hargreaves Proctor started the ball rolling with the speeches, and a little bit was shown about each of the 8 candidates,  myself included.  I felt strangely nonplussed by the whole experience prior to the announcements,  perhaps because I didn’t want to get my hopes up. But when David got to announce the winners, of which there would be two; I began to feel a bit sick.
I had worked so hard for this moment and the reality of it was all just sinking in.
My name was called. Stunned silence from me and cheering from my Mum and Dad! Ian pushed me to stand up, because I was still in stock. I’ve never even won a raffle before…

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I am so proud of my achievements.  I’ve only been trading since April,  but I wasn’t going to let my redundancy back then, turn into complacency now. I know the idea I have fits a gap in the market and this competition will be the turning point in making a success story of it.
I’d like to thank the dragons (whom weren’t really dragons) for believing in me, and Inspiring Retail for giving me this opportunity.  I will be appearing in the Nottingham Post today, and featured on Notts TV last night. All this is so surreal. As I sit here writing this, with a cup of tea and Little Aud (whom has pulled off her collar again) I am so grateful for everyone that has helped me on this journey. This is proof that you should never give up, even when you’re feeling like it’s not worth getting up in the morning. Just keep going. Never give up. It’s taken me 31 years to realise what I am supposed to be doing with my life. Now I’m going to ‘gerron wee it, duck!’

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‘Dukki’ will be opening for business on 1st December 2014, but you can currently buy our stock via http://www.dukkidesign.co.uk/shop
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Ta ra for now!