We were delighted to be contacted by Bertie and Jack at the end of last year. It is a pleasure to introduce Becky and Emma (partners of Bertie and Jack) to our blog, as our first meet the makers of 2017.
I first came across Bertie and Jack, not long after I purchased my first and current home. This was when Becky and Emma were in their early years of business together. Mrs S and I, were on a Christmas shopping trip to Bath and we stopped by the Bertie and Jack stall. It was difficult to decide which print I loved the most – I loved them all! I decided on the songbird print, which I loved and still love. It is a print I have never tired of, and love more and more as time goes by. It is fresh, modern and original.
We are delighted to have Becky and Emma as our meet the maker’s this weekend and we have enjoyed learning more about Bertie and Jack.
Meet The Makers: Bertie & Jack
Tell us a little about Bertie & Jack, how your product is different and how you started the business.
Bertie and Jack is a decorative wall art brand synonymous with original, collectible and feel good art to work and celebrate life changing moments. I
Our product idea is really simple but we are the first to create art in this way; the artwork is made by machine cutting our hand-drawn illustrations from mount board and layering colourful unique prints behind the cut-out shapes. Simple but so effective! And importantly, all our products are designed and produced here in the UK.
The business itself was started by best friends Becky Macey and Emma Hughes after the arrival of their children, Bertie and Jack in 2009. Their retail journey began as street traders in their home city of Bath with just a suitcase of artwork and a bucket load of determination.
Since then the range has evolved and seven years later, Bertie and Jack are ranged in department stores like John Lewis and through online retailers such as Not on The High Street (NOTHS)
Have you always been creative, and where does your inspiration come from?
With more than one fine arts degree between us, as well as a background in marketing to throw into the mix, we are a family of self confessed creative persons who find inspiration for our artworks in everything from a family trip to the zoo, to the latest fashion trends, colours and prints.
What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade means creating artworks from our hand-drawn illustrations and prints, creating bespoke personalised artworks that are unique to each customer. It is about creating meaningful and well-crafted artworks.
What are you both looking forward to this new year?
We do not like to sit still for long, nevertheless, after our crazy busy Christmas time, we do get together with lots of coffee reflect on the year passed, and allow for some time to re-energise, creatively recharge and set goals for 2017. We are looking forward to creating and launching new designs and new products. We will keep you posted!
New Year Giveaway
Becky and Emma have very kindly provided a generous £60 voucher in total. The lucky winner will be able to use the voucher, to select their own print, on Bertie & Jack’s website or in person at their market stall in Bath. This is such a fab treat for yourself, or a gift for someone. I love my print and I know the winner will cherish theirs too.
To be in with a chance of winning:
- You must be following both both Bertie & Jack (HERE) and ourselves, Serendipity Loves (HERE) on Instagram.
- Like the GIVEAWAY post on our Instagram page (HERE). Repost the photo using the hashtag #Bertieandjackgiveaway. Or TAG friends into the giveaway photo on our Instagram page
- If your account is private please confirm in the comments you have reposted.
Feel free to tag anyone one into our post or your post who you think would be interested in entering. The competition is open to UK entrants only.
The giveaway will close on 31st January at 8pm and the winner will be picked at random using a random name generator. We will announce the winner via Instagram on xxx and details of how to obtain the voucher from Becky and Emma.
A very big thank you to Becky and Emma for taking the time to be our first meet the maker for 2017 and providing a generous giveaway to start the new year.
Wow, what an amazing way to start the new year! Wishing everyone good luck with their entries.
Serendipity Loves x
This post has been written in collaboration with Bertie & Jack.
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