In the next of our Meet The Maker Series at The Bristol Shop we meet Rosie Webb, an artist creating beautiful and fun animals that all the family would love!
Hi Rosie! We love your work, what inspires your creations?
Poppy - My daughter inspires me a lot nowadays. Watching her marvel at and discover new things every day enables me to also rediscover and create. Trips to the zoo, the city farm and Longleat Safari have been especially inspiring this year and I also love to people watch!
What do you feel makes your work unique?
I have been told that my style is unique. Its quite loose and playful - I use lots of water and no pencil so it’s no too controlled. Humour is also important to me in both my work and my life! I also try and find subject matter that hasn’t been covered before or if it has add something to make it unique.
Is being based in Bristol important to your work?
Yes - very much so. It was only after moving back here after a decade in the big smoke that I got really into doing my own work. In London I took my queue from art directors and nearly all conversations about my work took place online.
I started selling my prints in Bristol before I had even unpacked my boxes and moved in. My work has been so well received here that I feel like doing more and more for myself and the people of Bristol rather than only for art directors with a budget and a brief.
I am now working on a Childrens book and I am certain that being in Bristol has enabled me to do this!
If you were to give one of your products as a gift, what would it be and why?
Up until quite recently I would have said a print of the ‘Owl in Boots’ as everyone seems to love him whatever their age or whatever they are in to. However I now think it would have to be a print of ‘Dr Budgie’ or ‘Cyber Flamingo’ as they are pretty new on the block and have a bit of attitude. Sorry Owl I still love you!
What is the best thing about being a local business?
I get to meet so many different people through my work, from the people who buy it to the people who print it and the art shop where I buy my paints. We all support each other and are part of a community. I absolutely love this and can’t recommend bristol enough as a place to set up for independent creatives.
What products from other makers on The Bristol Shop do you like?
What has been your greatest success as an independent business?
That’s a hard one to say as any Creative persons goals change as they develop. At one point I would have said winning a big commission from The Times or Jamie (Oliver) magazine but recently every new exhibition or piece of work is my biggest success. I am very much in the moment and exhibiting at the Alma Tavern in Clifton until the end of November and then showing all New work at Baristas cafe in Bristol for December.
What aspect of your work do you particularly love?
I love painting of course but I also love getting positive feedback and making people laugh. These two things feed each other and keep me at my easel.
Click here to see the full collection of Rosie Webb Prints