Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth Rhodes.
Beth, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It all started in physics class. Of course, the teacher was super interesting and I payed attention to everything he said, but while I was doing so, I was also drawing silly pictures with word bubbles in the margins of my very detailed notes. These doodles turned into notecards and were debuted at a local arts festival, with a fantastic reception by the public.
The ease and practicality of producing silly notecards gave me my first step into creating artwork that is accessible to anyone. Six years after that first hammerhead shark notecard, I have created a line of greeting cards with over fifty designs and even more possibilities.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
So much of my creativity is fed by collaboration. I absolutely adore working with a team. I really started to miss that when I made the jump to running my business full-time. I was my own boss and my own team. It really required me to learn to reach out for help, for advice, and for inspiration.
I’ve met other creatives recently who feel the same way, and I see that isolation changing. Spaces are springing up around Miami to foster relationships in the creative community and collaborations are starting. We are meeting each other and beginning to work together.
Big things are happening in this city, and I’m excited to be a part of the team that will make them happen.
Please tell us about BETHMADE.
BETHMADE is an outlet for me to share my illustrations and paintings, a spillover from an academic training in art and design. So that means: I paint and draw and design things! Sometimes I sell these things in stores and sometimes I make things directly for clients.
My most recent project is painting small, acrylic, Miami-themed imagery on wood blocks. I call them “Amis”, and the point of making these is to provide fine art style painting in a format that’s affordable for practically anyone.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I still have the t-shirt from the project that my best friend, Hannah, and I started one day. It has a rainbow painted with puff paint, and it bears the name of the project “Art Shop”. I must have been the one to name this because I’ve never been good at coming up with creative names. Hannah is the one who always comes up with the best one; she actually wanted to be the person that names shoes when she grew up.
We were very successful with our Art Shop. I know because I still have the records. We sold at least five drawings for as much 10¢ each. (I know, why haven’t I already retired, right?) We had some pretty loyal customers, like my mom. We even made our own store credit cards from a program Hannah had on her computer.
Unfortunately, as elementary students, our time (and our attention spans) were limited, and Art Shop was closed after mere weeks. On the other hand, maybe it never closed but went dormant to be awakened in Physics class years later.
- Website: bethmade.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bethmade_/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/bethmade
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