Becky Howes

I really enjoy Becky's work. She is totally unafraid of colour (though tastefully she usually sticks to one or two) and she has a wonderful range of techniques she puts to use. I love the marbled way she applies (paint?) that almost looked like melted crayons to me. It's fun and she brings life to all the people present in her collages. If you are in Northampton, she is part of an end of degree show that will be on until the 15th of June. Download details here.

Becky Howes (Dessin De Passion)
blog & portfolio & flickr
Essex, England

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Fluid, Natural, Historic, beauty, illustrative, poetic, conversational, conscious, experimental, alive!

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

I tend to work with old photographs, mainly family ones that have been in the family for a fair old number of years. I also sometimes work with my own photography which I think will build up the more I travel and build on archiving. I definitely prefer black and white old photographs, just because of the feel and quality they have to them, also people looked different then! I also use my own traditional prints, mainly mono or collographs. Print making is such a beautiful lost art.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I have been flirting with collage for most of life now. I often seem to get distracted my other mediums and than something pulls me back to it. It's only been this year really that I have solely immersed myself into the collage world.

Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I am currently in my third year of studying illustration at university, this takes up most of my time at the moment. I also have a little side job to help pay the bills and I also create Jewellery. So yes I would say predominantly an artist.

Do you have any formal art training?

As mentioned above, just finishing my degree in illustration at the University of Northampton.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Oh techniques, to be honest I love working in many different mediums, have had to narrow myself down though. I love traditional print making, I can get lost for hours in the print room. Also paper cutting and folding, just generally working with paper has always been something that fascinates me.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Well reasonably recently actually, was when i created "the two lovers", when I first incorporate ink drawing with collage. It just has this quality to it that I really wanted to exploit. I have been developing this technique ever-since.

What other artists do you admire?

Ohh soo many! Heres a few- John Stezaker, of course! His work is just so beautiful and opened up so many doors for myself. Max-O-Matic, very talented individual. The old greats such as Hannah Hoch and John Heartfeild. And Jamie Reid. Its amazing when something can be so easily said through collage, a picture of a thousand words.

Thanks Becky!

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