The Little Brown Dog Workshop is my studio. My name is Bec Lewis.
I am a self-taught print maker with a particular fondness for Queenslander houses and the stories held within their walls. Living in Ipswich I am spoiled for inspiration, almost everywhere you turn you’ll find a quintessential Queensland cottage, bungalow or stately home.
I always start with a rough pencil sketch to capture the essence of a house. I pay particular attention to the shapes and proportions of each building and exploit the lino printing material and process to give the image character – the direction of the carving can be used to portray horizontal timber cladding, a corrugated iron roof, hints of leaves in the front hedge or the variety of shapes in a stone wall. I love how the very nature of a lino print can elevate a simple line drawing and how adding additional layers to an image through collage, photography and animation can imbue the image with a bigger story and greater context within the history of my home town and more broadly the history of South East Queensland.
In addition to lino printing I am a big fan of screenprinting and combine these two techniques to produce a range of hand printed textiles and homewares.
EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS, AND OTHER STUFF
2014 – Adrift – Collaborative Floating Fabric Sculpture commissioned for Ipswich Festival
2015 – Animating Spaces – Ipswich River Life #projectipswich Project Coordinator
2015 – House and Home – Solo Exhibition – Cactus Espresso Bar
2015 – Trash to Treasure – UPcycling Showcase – Ipswich Community Gallery
2017 – Printmaking First Prize – Ipswich Art Awards
2017 – Emerging Printmakers Prize – Ipswich Art Awards
2017 – Iconic Queensland – Qld Regional Art Awards Touring Show
2018 – Wanderlust – Queensland Regional Art Awards – Digital Art Prize
2018 – Wanderlust – Queensland Regional Art Awards Touring Show
2019 – Little Histories – Solo Exhibition – QCA Project Gallery