Bury St Edmunds musician battles back with new art business
A classical musician whose life was devastated first by chronic illness and then by lockdown, has set up a new business selling her artwork.
Rebecca Burman launched the business this month after seeing all of her concerts cancelled due to Covid-19.
The 47-year-old, from Bury St Edmunds, was just about to return to work after suffering endometriosis which had left her in severe pain and unable to walk unaided.
But lockdown left the violinist, who since 1996 has toured the world and recorded 100s of CDs with
the UK’s leading baroque and classical orchestras, was left without an income.
“Suddenly, just as I was stepping back into the world, after so many months of ill health and then recovery, the world shut down,” said Rebecca, 47, who grew up in, and still lives in Bury St Edmunds.
“All the work in my diary was cancelled. I, and all my colleagues, are freelancers so no work, no income. While the self-employment income support grant has been amazing for many, there are also very many musicians who slipped through the net, as have many people in other walks of life. Many of us are now having to find work elsewhere, using any other skills they may have.”
While on tour worldwide, Rebecca was always fascinated by patterns.
“I have been fascinated by patterns for many years and started photographing, and drawing them while on tours,” she said.
“It’s lovely to remember which country, city, building I was in when each photo was taken. This gave me vast inspiration for my work.
I feel incredibly lucky to have found a passion and ability to make my own prints and designs.
“The whole process of getting them on to the shelves, so to speak, via my website, has been a steep learning curve, but well worth it and business is going really well’.
Rebecca hopes her prints, tea towels, postcards and bookmarks featuring her artwork, will bring pleasure to others.
“I started drawing and stitching as a coping mechanism, as a form of therapy, when I was diagnosed with anxiety – a condition that I now know was as a result of endometriosis but which I didn’t know at the time. My artwork is a way of expressing how I feel and to help me see things differently.
“When so many people are struggling as a result of the pandemic, I really hope my work can bring some colour and joy to people’s lives, as it has for me.”