Meet Becky Baier, surrealist artist and our second Illustrator of the Month…
My name is Becky Baier and I am an Artist. I never really know which definitive title to give myself, as I work with a combination of disciplines including illustration, fine art, murals, curation and design.
Who or what inspires your work?
Surrealism and serendipity are my common partners.
Do you have an illustration or project you’re most proud of, or that has particular meaning to you?
In January of this year I had my first collaborative art exhibition, working with interactive designer Juan Hurle, a Spanish artist living and working in Berlin. The show was held at the Red Bull Studios in London. Together we designed and created the concept for an interactive hanging picture gallery. Using 3D cameras and face tracking technologies, we invited the audience to become a part of the artwork. It was really challenging. After all the hard work that we put into it, it was extremely rewarding to see the finished thing and to watch people interact with our work.
Talk us through your customised Dr.Martens. Was it challenging working with shoes, which are quite small in comparison to a lot of your work?
I was so excited when Dr Martens asked me to customise a pair of shoes! I’m always up for a new challenge. As I had never drawn/painted/collaged on shoes before, I decided to practice on another pair first, which my sister and I designed for our mum (she loves spots and stripes).
I found it a challenge, not because of the scale, but because of the shape of the canvas. The smooth surface and curved figure of a shoe makes it a lot harder to keep a steady hand than that of a wall or sheet of paper. Also collaging on a curved surface is tricky!
My Customised DM’s are all about organic thought, creativity and individuality.
Tell us about the thinking behind your artwork created at The Great Escape in Brighton:
That was fun! The brief for this project was to create a piece that would relate to music culture and energy whilst capturing the amazing ethos and landscape of Brighton. The city is a hub for creativity, individuality, freedom of expression and generally just the best place ever! These are all things which are mirrored in the DM’s #STANDFORSOMETHING campaign, and all things I wanted to illustrate in my design. I tried to capture this ethos in the main focal character; I call her the Queen of Brighton.
I was also asked to interact with the public and incorporate their answers to the question ‘Brighton, What do you stand for?’
Do you listen to music whilst you work?
Yes! I’m a very easily distracted person so having music or the radio on in the background keeps me focused. I have recently discovered the French radio station Radio Meuh (so great), and this is probably what you would hear playing in my house if you came to visit.
Name three tracks you can’t hear enough of:
Lonelady – Groove It Out
First aid kit – (I love the whole album but My silver lining is probs my favourite)
FKJ- Instant need
If you could have any super-power for a day, what would it be?
I’ve been trying to come up with a really good one for this but nothing beats the super power my friend came up with – the power of Good Vibes – the ability to make everyone feel great. Try using that in an imaginary superhero vs villain fight!
Tell us your favourite thing about the city you live in:
I don’t live in a city at the moment; I’m living in a little village just outside of London. My favorite thing is the local charity shop that still hasn’t got a clue about designer brands.
What do you stand for?
I Stand For Kindness & Happiness.