Becca Hall graduated in 2014 with a successful degree show and a well received body of work based on her life and interests back in the Lake District. The entrepreneurial approach was always evident in Becca’s career ambition and she has developed an ever expanding body of work that connects to her love of the lakes, its people and places. Below are some reflections and advice we asked Becca to pass on in her own words, starting off with an interesting commission developed as an external collaboration over a number of meetings between Ian Whadcock and Bronwyn Simpson at Stockport Museum services – Bronwyn herself being an alumni of the BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice course in (2001) and now also running her own millinery business at MMU Marketplace Studios Stockport.
Becca: I have has been pretty busy with freelance illustration work since graduation. In 2015 I was asked by the Stockport Story Museum to re-design and illustrate all the walls and information boards on the 4th floor (the family/children section of the museum). This was by far the biggest job I have ever done, and I really enjoyed it. I worked from home, sending the files over the internet, and only occasionally visiting the museum site in Stockport. (To see the space and meet the client). This was a great opportunity and as I am based in the Lake District – it proves you don’t need to be in a big city to get city scale work. I was told that I was chosen over other shortlisted designers because they liked my individual style, and they were impressed by my website and online presence.
This was completed in late 2015 and involved a series of thematically linked large format exhibition panels. I developed a series of characters, signage, dealt with hand drawn text and devised a range of printed materials to enhance visitor experience, encouraging interaction and engagement.
- Soiree Make Up (Website illustrations)
- Macarons by Al Strong (Website and printed menu that goes in every box of macarons sold!)
- The Kendal Picture Framers (website banner)
- South Lakes Housing (website banner and christmas e-card)
- Prepare To Plan ( business consultancy – Helpful tip guide)
- Hattie’s Homegrown (Illustrations for website and packaging)
- Farrers Tea and Coffee – (Illustrations for mugs, tea towels and tea pots)
- Childs & Co ( illustration for Children’s Toy Box)
- Calvert Trust (Herdwick lamb for the Go Herdwick trail in the Lake District)
- The Happy Newspaper (Emily Coxhead who weirdly was in the same year as me, on the Graphic Design course and we never met – despite me living with one of her friends and working on the same floor!)
- Open/Close ranges of bespoke signage for cafes such as Homeground and Farrers Coffee.