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Guest Artist – Biley Smubbles

Artist, Biley Smubbles, is older than the hills and has been pushing pixels to earn a crust for almost 25 years. Over the years, Biley’s designs have appeared on all sorts of things, from posters, stickers and badges, to t-shirts, tea towels and tote bags. Read on to discover the secret of Biley Smubbles' success.
Guest Artist – Biley Smubbles

by Matthew Taylor

3 years ago

Biley tells us how it feels to see their designs hanging on someone’s wall and why dancing and pedalling are probably the best survival techniques for a global crisis.

"I didn’t do very well at school… The system didn’t work for me, but my mum is ace and she always took us to exhibitions and galleries. I managed to get into art college, then on to university to study graphic design. It seemed like a viable way to do something creative and make a living at the same time. (Scroll for more). 

Seeing a piece of my work hanging on somebody else’s wall is about the biggest compliment I could receive... I always feel super flattered and proud. I always get a buzz off seeing any of my work in the real world, and working with commercial businesses is a great way to achieve that. 

I’m currently working on producing some embroidered polo-shirts and full coverage sweaters… I’d really like to make a large-scale mural to help brighten up a gloomy wall somewhere. (Scroll for more). 

This year has been weird for everybody in different ways... A lot of my work is in arts, culture and events. Obviously there’s not much happening in the physical world, but it’s been great to see people adapt to the digital world. In the words of a very wise woman, the best thing to do is ‘just keep pedalling’. 

Since lockdown I’ve really missed going out, socialising and dancing with people... With my limited-edition notebook for Ootrey, I wanted to create something that referenced the good times. My design has been created with ageing ravers, ex-hippies, bouncing babes and hip young teens in mind."

Instagram: @bileysmubbles

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