Throughout the pandemic, the community spirit of Brummies has been in full swing, with creative arts projects brightening walls, lifting spirits and supporting local charities.
One Brummie that has been leaving his mark on the city is Stacey Barnfield, Director of Edwin Ellis Creative Media PR and Publishing Agency. During lockdown, Stacey started an exciting new venture in the form of ‘Draw My City’ which has now raised £2,000 to support homelessness charity SIFA Fireside.
The project started with the creation of a range of watercolour prints of iconic locations across the city, such as Snobs, The Town Hall, Rotunda and Mr Egg. Drawing on its success, Stacey recently expanded the range to include a Birmingham Colour Palette, featuring Old Bus Cream, Mr Egg Yellow, Jewellery Quarter Gold, Tikka Red and Sabbath Black, something that resonates with every Brummie.
Working alongside the original sketches, for each print sold, Stacey donates £5 directly to SIFA Fireside. The addition of the Birmingham Colour Palette earlier this month has seen demand soar, with the total funds raised reaching £2,000.
A keen volunteer and supporter of SIFA Fireside, on the project Stacey said: “I’m a keen volunteer and supporter of SIFA Fireside and I’ve enjoyed seeing the ‘Draw My City’ project grow and expand and be received so positively. From landmarks to favourite places and now, its iconic colour reference - it has been fantastic.
“It all started with a few posts on social media and when I added the Birmingham Colour Palette to the range this year, orders went wild! It’s been great to help raise vital funds to support the running of SIFA Fireside, but also to be able to bring Brummies together and lift spirits in a time when it’s been really needed.”
The full range of iconic prints are still available and can be found on Stacey’s website: www.drawmycity.co.uk