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BOBBI RAE

Artist and illustrator Bobbi Rae describes herself as 'a stream of consciousness in the form of a fart cloud.'- How could we possibly ignore that?!

Based in Leeds, Bobbi Rae has been busy gaining a reputation for her quirky, cheeky and colourful illustrations and prints. Often uncensored and frequently featuring strong female characters, we love both the aesthetic and the spirit of her work.

She's also heavily involved in the local creative community, so who better to ask for top tips in Leeds? We asked Bobbi Rae to share a few places in the city that get her creative juices flowing...

FRED ALDOUS

A candy store for creatives

"It's like Toys R Us for creatives. Whenever I am in town, I pay a visit - even if I don't need anything, I know I'll find something that I want. Plus, you gotta have a go in their analogue photobooth!"

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LIGHTSPACE

A hidden gem

"A sneaky little hidden gem just off the main road. It's a hub for creative people that is already a really great space, but 2020 sees some exciting plans for renovation and a brand new business plan, that yours truly is getting involved with."

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AWESOME MERCHANDISE

Homegrown talent

"They don't fall short of their name; an awesome independent company, born and grown  in Leeds. They make custom merch for bands, artists and other independents all around the world. I love working with them, they're  a bunch of great people who make great products -and if you ever get a chance to visit HQ, you'd be missing out if you declined."

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SHORT PRESS

Good looking gifts

"Perhaps I am a little biased since I have a lot of involvement with this shop, but it's a great little place at the top of the hill in  Burley. Selling plants, gifts, art prints and heaps more, it's a one-stop-shop if you're  looking for something nice to put in your eyes."

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FLAVOUR LIKE FANCY

Homemade homewares + more

"Another little diamond, tucked just off the main strip in Meanwood. Tasha (the owner) has miraculously managed to turn a tired old printer shop into a real beauty of a gifting superstore. She sells prezzies, cards and homewares that are all handmade by Tasha's favourite artists from all around the North. She's got a great eye and you gotta see it."

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Bobbie Rae's prints are available directly from her website, and be sure to keep an eye out for her workshops.
Follow Bobbi Rae on Instagram:

@bearcubs

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All photos are copyright 51 Squared B.V. except: Bobbi Rae profile photo (Copyright Bobbi Rae Gastall). This feature was not paid for in any way.

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