I’m Betsy Siber a creative, hard-working lady who calls the beautiful Chicago, Illinois home. I live in the Wicker Park neighborhood in a 120-year-old coachhouse with my artist husband Matt, our two adorable and energetic daughters, ages 7 and 4, and our young-at-heart grey tabby cat Loki.
Becoming a parent in 2010 opened my eyes to the amazing markets of modern children’s books, children’s clothing and children’s products. I had so many “Wow, I could draw that!” moments, that eventually I couldn’t ignore them anymore. Illustration became my new focus and obsession, and once I got started there was no stopping.
I find inspiration in vintage cookbooks, midcentury design, modern quilts and generally anything my girls are delighted by. I'm addicted to Instagram and my iPad pro, but I also love to spend an afternoon with a cup of coffee (with a couple of refills, of course) and a jar of india ink. I am a proud member of Pencil Parade Collective, a collective of 4 women committed to inspiring each other and banding together to share our art.
My work speaks for itself and reflects me pretty well: Quirky, kid-friendly and colorful. I don't like perfectly straight lines and I love drawing the sharp teeth on my not-so-scary predators. I am an exclusive designer with Michael Miller Fabrics and have also worked with Sock-it-to-me, Mpix and City Mouse.