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Wedding Stationery, Building Illustration and Bespoke Commissions.

Becky’s hand drawn, colourful artwork is lovingly made for stationery suites and one-of- a-kind gifts.

How did it all begin?

During my childhood and early education I loved to sew, studying Textiles at school, and knitting with my grandmother. It was during an Art Foundation course that I discovered Illustration and realised my artwork, whether stitched or drawn, was all about story telling and pattern making. So I embarked on a university course in Illustration and found all the things I love to draw!

What sets your business apart?

I specialise in Building Illustration and Wedding Stationery. These two aspects combine my skills in detailed line work, bold colours and unique artwork. Whilst couples can commission completely bespoke wedding packages, I am also working on a number of pre-designed collections. These suites feature hand drawn flowers across a matching set of stationery, all celebrating hidden meanings within the language of flowers; giving the couple a chance to represent their relationship, hopes for their marriage and memories all within the invitations they send to guests and on-the-day stationery too.

What is the concept behind your business or the problem you’re solving?

I aim to offer a bespoke, highly personalised design which celebrates a memory or place and therefore creates a meaningful gift or stationery suite.

Where to next/What is your brand vision?

I am looking to launch more Wedding Stationery collections this year – that explore a variety of colour palettes and flower groups. I have lots of design ideas I want to trial across the wedding pieces, as well as new artwork and products in the lead up to Christmas.

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What do you feel passionate about/what drives you?

Telling stories through my drawings. I love being able to capture a special moment within a landmark drawing and know that for the receiver of this gift that artwork evokes a time and place of joy for them. Equally as my wedding stationery designs grow, I love to talk to couples about themes they want to represent in their stationery – the first flowers shared between them, family favourite blooms, hopes for their special day and new chapter together.

Share an example of early life that has shaped you?

I think my grandparents have been influential in my artistic journey. My grandmother was a skilled dressmaker – making clothes for us growing up – and this certainly led me to create lots of homemade gifts each Christmas! She also was a keen gardener and the pride she took in her plants and how the garden changed throughout the year, I believe, has impacted my love of nature and the language of flowers. My grandfather was a quiet, humorous gentleman and used to draw as a hobby – creating funny cartoons at work and drawings for us as children. I would be proud to be a mix of both of them.

Highlights of your business journey so far?

Being a part of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme for Young Entrepreneurs has been invaluable. The workshops I have been able to attend, the like-minded business owners I have met and the one-on-one business mentoring I have received have all shaped the direction of my business and given new perspectives to consider.

Key lessons you have learned along the way?

Asking for help on aspects that are not your strengths! I wear a lot of hats as an Illustrator working alone and seeking inspiration and support for areas of running a business that do not come naturally to me has been crucial.

Best piece of advice you have received?

To keep revisiting the short term AND long term goals. You have to step out of the day-to-day things at regular intervals to make sure you are still on track for the bigger picture.

Advice to an aspiring entrepreneur or woman just starting her career?

Take the first step! As an Illustrator, I certainly experience ‘fear of the white page’ when I begin a new drawing. It is daunting to start with an empty piece of paper and think you have to get it to a finished masterpiece at the end. But you have to start, once the page isn’t completely blank anymore you feel better – starting something is often the hardest part.

What funding route have you chosen for your business and why?

I fund my own business by creating products that I sell online and through shop opportunites, alongside taking on commissions with clients.

Some of the challenges you have faced and how you overcame them?

It has been hard to find a work/life balance. I have run my business through various different stages of my life and so this has sometimes been alongside working a full-time job. I have learnt to accept that the time I have for my business will ebb and flow, but because it is something I am passionate about it will always be there on dedicated work days or weekends.

Why is it important to support women-led business?

I think women are doing incredible things. They are often society’s most natural multi-taskers, highly thoughtful and dedicated listeners. I believe these things make for businesses that have both conscientious workplace cultures and customer offerings.

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Becky Lees

My inspiration is...

Storytelling.

My greatest fear is...

Worries holding me back.

The most courageous thing I’ve ever done is...

Move to london by myself. it was a wonderful 3 years and I still visit london often.

Guilty pleasure?

Going through TV series too quickly!

Mantra you live by?

To give everything my best. And knowing that my best looks different on different days.

Female role model?

My grandmother, her sewing machine and her garden.

Women-led brand you love?

I’m obsessed with Olivia Rubin at the moment.

Top productivity tool?

I start the day with creating an hour-by-hour schedule. It keeps me focused, prioritises my tasks and creatively, it encourages me to start something knowing I can continue or move on in an hour’s time.

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