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.



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.


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.



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


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



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


Maybe a coffee instead.


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.




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


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.


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


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.


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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