Random facts about you...
Betty Raspberry has sprung from the imagination of me, a vintage and New York obsessed illustrator living in England.
I produce art, objects and illustrations based upon these things. Mostly I work in collage using hand drawn and painted imagery to build up the many layers of the images. Sometimes though I like to keep it simple and do delicate line drawings that I finish digitally.
What got you started?
As a tiny girl I manically drew ladies ...in pretty dresses, in no dresses, with big hair and pouty red lips and often with wonky arms. I loved it! Then I went to art school and was told to make strange unfathomable things. I rummaged around in skips a lot and kept secret notebooks crammed with drawings of big eyed girls with bad attitudes and pretty dresses. Many strange sculptures and years later I stumbled into a Rene Gruau exhibition and finally realised it was okay to enjoy painting and drawing beautiful girls and clothes. I've been openly doing so ever since. I still can't draw arms though, but I'm working on it!
What is your source of inspiration?
New york, burlesque dancers, frocks, interesting faces, vintage vixens, old musicals, crazy wild hair-dos, bustling vibrant cities, wonky hats, tweeting birds, old cars, balpain, paris, mui mui, tea drinking day dream sessions, patterns, showgirls, my record collection, fabrics, dirty martinis, the weather.