A Day With… Dee Beale

Dee Beale

Ever since I saw Dee Beale’s sweet and restrained Gocco prints making the blog rounds I was hooked! Dee is a a printmaker living in Britain’s Peak District and works out of her studio at home. With her ‘Day With’ she takes us back to a very snowy day not too long ago!

It’s Tuesday and we’ve woken to the deepest snowfall here in 30 years.

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8.30am Breakfast and getting the children ready for school always seems to be a rush no matter what time we get up, luckily the school is a short walk away and surprisingly seems to be the only one open in the country today.

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After the school run it’s time to feed the livestock who are very unimpressed with the recent snowfall and I can’t quite believe we’re still getting eggs in these freezing temperatures.

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Stock up on logs and light the stove…. wouldn’t normally but it’s so cold today.

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Finally sit down at my desk around 9.30am, check emails and pack up a few overnight print sales.

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Usually now would be time for a trip to the post office but don’t think I’ll be going anywhere today!

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Maybe a coffee instead.

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I’ll be reprinting my ‘Scandinavian Red Hare’ today. At the moment all printing is done on my kitchen table but we’re extending our home this year so hopefully I’ll have a whole room for a studio by the end of the year.

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I always seem to take up the whole house with drying prints on printing days.

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12.30am Lunch is usually a bit of a rush as my working day is so short I can’t spare the time so today it’s the best kind, leftovers, roast garlic and sweet potato soup from last night.

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After lunch I do a little work in my sketchbook where most of my ideas for new prints start.

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3.00pm Before I know it it’s time to put away the sketchbook and get the children just in time for some snowman building.

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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