Introducing artist Bev Jackson: Fabulous pictures made from fabrics for blinds and material offcuts
Meet Bev Jackson and discover her marvellous artworks made from fabric for blinds
Here at Norwich Sunblinds, we pride ourselves on bringing our customers beautiful fabrics for blinds and curtains. With an artistic eye, our team are always on the lookout for innovative designs and are drawn to interesting works of art.
Our Director Fiona recently ‘met’ artist Bev Jackson on Facebook and was so impressed by her work which uses offcuts and saves them from going into landfill. We just had to share Bev’s unique pictures with you.
We had the pleasure of chatting to Bev, who filled us in on what inspired her to start creating her artwork.
Bev explains; “I started to make the pictures in the mid 1980s. Having worked in the office of a sunblind manufacturers I kept the roller blind/vertical drape material from the swatches…which were destined for the bin!”
Bev’s marvellous ‘Buckingham Palace’ work took 167 hours to complete, she explains more about the creative experience:
“I’ve always had an interest in art but had never worked with material before. Having cut the fabric I found it didn’t fray, owing to the fact that it was starched. I wanted to try to create a known building and despite Buckingham Palace being a bit of a challenge… I was happy to have pulled it off!”
Bev continues; “My interest came about purely from wanting to turn the fabric into anything but landfill.”
We think the work is fit for a Queen!
How Norwich Sunblinds produces environmentally friendly blinds
The Norwich Sunblinds team wholeheartedly share Bev’s commitment to the environment.We are committed to being environmentally friendly.
- To reduce our carbon footprint we source components and fabrics for blinds and curtains from the UK where possible.
- We recycle plastic, cardboard and metal, and send offcuts of fabrics for blinds and curtains to schools, playgroups and colleges – we hope Bev approves!
- We can supply blinds that reduce the heating bills in your home by up to 15%, you save money and help save energy – a win, win!
- When you order your blinds from Norwich Sunblinds you can rest assured that your blinds will be made using green and ethical manufacturing processes.
- Our blinds are used by local homebuilder, Abel Homes, who build new, energy-efficient homes in Norfolk.
Artwork by Bev Jackson
Bev has produced works featuring royal residences past and present.
Tower of London
In 2005 solo-long distance yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe, achieving international recognition.
Several years previously in 2001, MacArthur became the youngest person and the fastest woman to sail around the world single-handed in her yacht Kingfisher.
Bev recreated Ellen McArthur’s ‘Kingfisher’ commenting; “I tried my hand at something different to buildings…”The final work is so impressive with details such as the sponsors logos and website address.
A very Christmassy scene to get us in the mood for the festive season!
Bev’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ has real lights which is so technically challenging.” Bev explains; “The lights are a string of mini coloured lights that are normally used for lighting up flowers…just had to be careful not to put a red one in a cathedral window!”
True to life pictures made from fabric for blinds and offcuts
It’s hard to believe that Bev’s works are made from fabric for blinds and material offcuts, they are so true to life and detailed. All the pictures took between 150 to 200+ hours to make and while ‘Buckingham Palace’ and ‘Balmoral’ were done from postcards, the others were from either magazines and books or photos that Bev took herself.
However, the same approach was taken each time. Bev builds up the detail from larger pieces and explains that: “I never measured anything and didn’t draw the pieces. I just cut each one by eye and scaled it that way too…”
Our Director Fiona is impressed as are the rest of the Norwich Sunblinds team. Although we’re not sure we could recreate such amazing work from fabric for blinds and offcuts!