Becs Bartells is a designer, illustrator and innovator who was born in Putaruru, on New Zealand’s North Island. She spent part of her youth growing up in Tasmania before returning to New Zealand and has lived in Auckland for the past 20 years.
With a Degree with Honours in Industrial Design and a background in character animation, furniture design and graphic design, Becs has seen her work exhibited in Milan and bought by a New Zealand PM, been involved with several start-up businesses and won awards for innovation.
While she currently works in design, Becs has recently become an author with her first book,
Go Girl, Go!, which she both wrote and illustrated and which is about women who have succeeded in interesting careers. It is aimed at young girls and written in rhyme, to show them that they too can achieve whatever they set their minds to.
In her free time Becs enjoys painting, playing squash, dancing in the dark, socialising with friends and travel. As a professional entrepreneur and someone who is always interested in new experiences and getting creative, one of her proudest achievements was starting an eco-coffin business which won her 2 prestigious design awards.
As far as the future goes, Becs is hoping to continue to be as creative as possible, while writing and illustrating more books for children and perhaps inspiring the coming generations to grow, dream and succeed in life.