Betonymay’s Blog



Welsh illustrator Betony May has a distinctly delicate, playful visual language. By hand carving minutely detailed rubber stamps she layers colourful elements combined with delicate pencil line work. The effect is similar to traditional printmaking techniques, but with a fresh contemporary twist. Fueled by the overt and subconscious links between human behaviour and animal instinct, she creates a slightly unnerving yet beautiful take on our existence.

Most of her ideas are born within her beautifully considered journals and brought to life among a spectrum of design commissions.

Betony May operates as a freelancer in East London, UK.

Betonys illustrations are licensed within Asia by Cathay Creative.

She has worked with various clients in the UK including New Scientist Magazine, Natural Shoe store/Birkenstock, Odd Crocks, Jotta and the Institute of Contemporary arts.

She runs her own accessories brand, where she sells hand made jewellery on various East London craft markets and in the ICA shop, and in Lik + Neon.

Awards and commissions

October 09: Large-scale window illustration at ‘Natural Shoe store & Birkenstock’, Neal St, Covent Garden.
August 09: Illustrations for ‘Migrate’ art and design magazine, South Africa.
July 09: Double page colour illustration commission for ‘New Scientist’ magazine.
June 09: Image commissioned in Asia for a range of USB gadgets by ‘Cathay Creative’
June 09: Illustrations animated by ‘Jotta’ and projected at the V&A for ‘Pen, Paper, Scissors’ event.
May 09: Large-scale window illustration at ‘Natural Shoe co & Birkenstock’, Neal St, Covent Garden.
April 09: Limited edition print series for the ‘Cabinet Paper’, Issue 4.
March 09: Featured illustrator in Issue 5 of ‘New Sugar’ magazine.
Dec 08: Studio output / Creative review annual ‘Glug’ Competition. 5th place.
Nov 08: Featured illustrator on ‘Concrete Hermit’ online network.
July 08: ‘Arboretum at the Beginning’ illustration and design for poet Nathan Thompson, featured in the ‘Cabinet Paper’, Issue 3.
Jan 08: Narrative illustrations for ‘Utopian Tales of Weimar’ soon to be published by Caseroom Press.
Aug 07: Branding and web design for ‘Odd Crocks’ vintage crockery company.
July 07: Awarded a portfolio consultation with ‘Jelly London’ and nominated to represent the University of Plymouth at the ‘New Blood’ talent exhibition.


Aug 09: ‘Glory Hole’ Top and Tail Gallery, Hackney, London. Group show.
Dec 08: ‘All I want for Christmas…’ Bodhi Gallery, Brick Lane, London. Group show.
Aug 08: ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ Top and Tail Gallery, Hackney, London. Group show.
July 07: ‘New Blood’ Old Billingsgate Market, London. Group show.
June 07: ‘Final Show’ University of Plymouth, Earl Richards Rd, Exeter. Group show.
Jan 07: ‘Hybrids, monsters and imaginary beings’ Picturehouse arts Centre, Exeter. Solo show.


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