If you’ve been keeping an eye on our Instagram stories over the last while, you’ve probably spotted a new print of mine floating about.
Needless to say, we’re all huge Stevie Nicks fans over here at Born and Bred. Right next to Abba, she’s one of our go-to artists for a musical pick-me-up.
Originally I’d taken inspiration from religious renaissance paintings, using deep blues and reds. This didn’t really mesh with the tongue in cheek, modern style I was going for though, so I reworked the colours again. This time I went for shades of blue and added in a pop of yellow to stand in for the gold foil that would’ve been used in religious iconography.
If you know anything about us as a team, you probably know that we’re constantly coming up with really terrible jokes, and then telling them until they go from funny, to not funny, and then back to funny again. Our obsession with Stevie Nicks, and what she would do, began last Christmas, when we were rushed off our feet with customers, orders and making the shop look presentable. Needless to say, we were delighted with all the Shop Local supporters, but we were also delirious due to the Christmas rush. In a Quality Street fueled haze, we started to play Fleetwood Mac and, one terrible impersonation of the woman herself later (where I accidentally made her sound like a demented Mae West), the running
As these things tend to do, Stevie’s influence faded for a few months. That was until our last staff night out where, while discussing our combined ineptitude for decision making, we thought that the best solution would be to ask yourself, ‘What would Stevie Nicks do?’ Naturally this would prove the correct course of action. Problem solved!
Because of who I am as a person, I thought it would be hilarious to turn this into a print and then gift a copy to everyone at Born and Bred. It wasn’t until Becca suggested that maybe I should consider actually stocking it that the thought even crossed my mind!
I’d had the idea in my head for a long time that I wanted to support a charity through some of my prints. Women's Aid is a charity close to my heart and, along with the whole Born and Bred team, I’m a huge fan of the work they do in our communities. We’ve even taken part in an event with our neighbours over at The Pocket to support Women's Aid, so it felt right that this was the charity to go with.
To be fair, it’s also probably what Stevie Nicks would’ve done.