Beth Goodwin X Bark & Tumble
This year we are lucky enough to team up with the incredible self-confessed crazy dog lady and full-time illustrator Beth Goodwin. Beth Goodwin creates her amazing artwork from her studio in Somerset. She has worked with some amazing companies such as Goodchap's and WHSmith.Beth Goodwin created our beautiful bespoke Christmas cards featuring Fendi and Kenzo wearing our 2022 holiday collection.
Beth uses pencils to create her stunning illustrations and is heavily inspired by animals, flowers and nature.
We caught up with Beth to find out more.
What do you love most about being an illustrator?
I love having the freedom to put my own ideas down on paper. There's nothing better than seeing an idea you had in your head turn into a finished product. I also love the thought of my work hanging in other people's homes - I feel so lucky!
The attention to detail in your work is incredible. You have such a unique, colourful, and playful style. I adore the illustrations with the animals wearing their woolly jumpers. How did you develop your own style that worked for you?
Thank you! I don't think I ever really consciously created a style, I've always just tried to draw exactly what I can see in front of me. But over the last few years I started to really think about what I genuinely wanted to create vs what I thought I should be doing to "fit in". I started to like my own work a lot more after that.
Tell us about your adorable dogs and how you met?
I have two dogs - both rescues from Romania - Ralph and Fred. It was really important to both me and my husband that we rehomed a dog who really needed it. So along came Ralph, a little puppy who had been found on his own as a stray at 8 weeks old. And then 4 years later we decided to adopt Fred, he was around 2 years old when he was found as a stray. They've both been through a lot but now they're living their best lives!
What is something unusual about you that not everyone knows?
I have a degree in Makeup for film & TV! Which I decided to do when I was 18 after I'd convinced myself I'd never be able to do illustration as a job..
How are you celebrating Christmas this year?
We're all off to the Peak district for a week over Christmas. It's really hard for me to take a week off at any other time of year, so I can't wait to get away and relax, eat and get out to explore with the dogs!
What can we expect from you in 2023?
Many more animals in their finest knitwear hopefully!
You can find Beths work on her website, Etsy as well as many boutiques across the UK.