Beth Nash
Britain: Know Her Name

Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
The dialogue around the lack of Black British history taught in schools inspired me to begin research into women of colour who shook up the system and influenced culture, here in the UK. The 12 British women I have selected made a huge impact in the fields of politics, medicine, music, television, publishing, policing, activism and education, from the 16th century to the 21st.

How was the illustration used:
Initially I shared the portraits and a short biography of each woman on my personal Instagram, last year coming back to the project and compiling them into a zine format.

How did you make this work:
I used procreate to create each page, including portraiture, lettering and gradients. I developed a colour palette that was feminine, bold, with a vintage feel to it. I then moved my artwork over to Adobe InDesign where I worked on composing my zine as an appealing and cohesive booklet that is both informative and inspired further discovery.

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Currently Based:
Gloucestershire, UK

I have a background in graphic design, branching out as a freelance illustrator after graduating in 2019. I work digitally, combining modern illustration and retro palettes to create work inspired by colour, fiction and feminism. My goal as a creator is to always make work that is celebratory, bold, versatile and authentic. So far my work has been featured across editorial, web and social media.