Frankly, The Folksy Magazine

Meet the Maker… Cassia Beck – Violet May

by Emily. Average Reading Time: about 2 minutes.


How did you get started as a designer-maker and is it a full time job?

It has alway been a hobby for me, I have been creative for as long as I can remember. I began selling my work around five years ago. I was pregnant with my first child and wanted to work from home so I could spend as much time with him as possible. It is a full time job.

Talk us through your collection.

My collages are simple, colourful and sometimes humorous

I am interested in collections of things which has evolved through my photography. This led to the idea of groups of spots creating movement and focus in my collage work.

Tell us about your practice and making process.

When I have a clear idea for a piece, I can work quickly and produce a piece within a day. Other pieces can take weeks while I decide on the final composition. If something isn’t working, I’ll put it away and look at it with fresh eyes another day.

Where do you draw your inspiration?

My own photography, mid century advertising, old music posters, book covers.

How do you manage your time between making and the other commitments in your life?

Looking after my two children is priority so collage is a nice way of working. My oldest son is at nursery three days a week and my youngest has two naps a day. It’s during these nap times and in the evening that I will work.

What’s your favourite book at the moment?

I recently bought “Pattern” by Orla Keily. It’s a visual feast and something I refer to often for colour combinations.

Do you have a craft hero?

There are so many talented people out there, each with their own unique style. It’s hard to choose just one.

Do you have one great tip for other makers?

I think customer service is so important when selling your work. It’s invaluable to build up a good reputation as a maker and seller. I contact customers as soon as they make an order and again when I post their goodies. They appreciate regular communication while they wait patiently for the postman. Package items well to avoid disappointment and create good quality products.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I would like to be working full time on my collage and photography and pushing it further. It would be a dream to have my own studio so I can leave my mess where it is and work big!

See Cassia’s work in both her Folksy shops Violet May and Cassia Beck.