Just as Forest Flo say’s ‘Magic time, let nature shine!’ 🙂
We’re having a very happy Halloween here in the DEER LITTLE FOREST!
Taking time away from sketching in the studio, the DLF folk set off for the woods in search of fun and magic! We found friendly, talking trees and skeletons made from leaves and twigs. We warmed ourselves drinking yummy hot chocolate and had a jolly old time toasting marshmallows round the camp fire. It’s been a wonderful time, relishing nature, Autumn and friends!
Happy Halloween everyone! X
The days following our second BLE show have quite simply flown by! It was a fantastic show for the DEER LITTLE FOREST and we’ve been really busy here with interesting follow-ups and exciting plans! (updates coming soon 😉
With the first book in the DLF series complete, I am all set to forge ahead with the second. Last week I tidied the studio and re-stocked with paper and pencils, this week I’m searching for inspiration. I’m loving the feast of Autumnal colours and textures available this time of year and find my regular forests walks the most inspiring. I find everything about this time of year seems to evoke the ethos of the hand-crafted DEER LITTLE FOREST, from cosy knits, warm rustic fires and yummy, home-made, veggie stews.
The pumpkins are ready to be carved and lovely, leaf collages have been made by Loki for the studio. I even think Rowan the Fox is loving the Autumn season too!
After a spending a wonderful weekend camping on the Dorset coast, the DEER LITTLE FOREST folk are back in the studio and getting creative!
All that fresh air has left us feeling very inspired and eager to get scribbling.
I wonder what Forest Flo and her woodland friends are drawing today?
Happy New Year everyone from the Deer Little Forest!
What an amazing year 2013 was! Lots of hard work and creativity and bags of determination mixed with a touch of forest magic, meant that the Deer Little Forest had a fantastic first year!
As a small business with a big dream, we launched at the trade show ‘Pulse’ in May 2013 and then again at ‘Brand Licensing’ in October, to a wave of interest and excitement in our designs and products. We achieved the finalist nomination for the Henries ‘Most promising new artist/ designer 2013’ and met some new, fantastic people who have inspired and encouraged us along the way.
We have also had the most wonderful support from our customers, so a big ‘thank you’ to you all!
Christmas came a welcome break to spend quality time as a family, to celebrate our successful first year and to look forward to the year ahead!
2014 is set to be just as exciting! We are working on some new, fantastic projects, starting this January, as we begin preparations for our second ‘Pulse’ show. We also look forward to collaborating and working with some wonderfully creative people, which we cant wait to tell you about ……….but you’ll have to wait a little longer for that 😉
We wish you all, the happiest and most magical year ahead and hope that all your dreams come true!
Biggest New Year Bear Hugs! XX
Crafty Fox was a cool mix of inspiring artists, illustrators, designers and makers, all very individual and equally passionate about their craft. Spread over three floors at the Dogstar in Brixton, the atmosphere was bustling, friendly and fun, with a D.J and The Teas Knees serving yummy cakes and warming pots tea on the top floor.
Some of my favourite designer, makers on the Sunday included the fantastic Jimbobart, who I exhibited alongside during London Design Festival, belsartworld, stuffed Nonsense and A Threadbear production, who make the loveliest handmade creatures, each one unique to the next and so intricately and delicately crafted. A real treasure to find.
We then braved the cold and set off to Somerset House to visit Creative Startups and the Wool House exhibition. I was particularly excited to see the room Donna Wilson had designed and the installation created by Dutch artist Claudy Jongstra.
The Wool House introduced me to Jongstra’s work and I was immediately captivated by her work ethos and dedication to her ethical values. Claudy and her team raise their own sheep, keep bees, cultivate their own botanical garden and grow their own plants for dyes, leaving no waste in their utmost respect for nature and commitment to the value chain of creation. The perfect exhibition for the Deer Little Forest eco-friendly folk and, I must say, the perfectly, cosy exhibition for such a frosty day.
This week I have been reading about the ‘Wool House,’ the worlds largest showcase of wool, exhibiting now at Somerset House, a spectacular neo-classical building on the strand, nestled in the heart of London.
One of the leading interior designers asked to design a room is Donna Wilson, a favourite British designer of mine. I find her work and business ethos inspiring and now, since she has become a mother, I love reading her blog ‘birdie and bear’, featuring her beautiful baby son Eli.
Donna has always loved using wool in her work, loving the versatility of this natural material and the amazing array of colour. I too find it’s warm, textured, coziness interesting and intriguing and I hope to incorporate it into my work one day. I am though, unfortunately, not a knitter but rather fortunately surrounded by Granny’s who are. Loki is one lucky little boy, who is the proud owner of the most gorgeously, srummy array of cosy jumpers and cardigans I can only dream of owning. Much of their beauty comes from the fact that they are hand made with love. Every stitch carefully and delicately crafted, with the overwhelming joy of creating something to keep a much-loved Grandson warm and cosy.
I just adore the handmade craft and this week I have also been extremely lucky to receive some gorgeous, handmade gifts from two of my dearest friends, Emily and Anna. Emily is a talented textiles teacher and crafts person, who made me the most beautiful and magical sketchbook cover. I can’t help but touch it, as the texture is so intricate and the colours so rich! It’s utterly lovely and with a heartfelt message inside which reads, ‘jo’s book of dreams’. Yes I love it! Anna’s gift is one of my favourite photographs taken by her talented Husband Stu from Cooper Photography. I had admired it for some time now and Anna just knew how much I would adore it! I’m so lucky to have friends who share my love and passion for handmade craft. Those gifts are always the most treasured.
So after the wonderful Birthday week I’ve had, I’m incredibly excited to be traveling up to London this Sunday to view more creative, handmade goodies at the Easter Crafty Fox Market. I’m also really excited to be heading over to the V&A to view the awesome david bowie is exhibition. Now that is going to be a good day!
Another gorgeous day, so we went off to walk and gather inspiration from the forest.
Lots of wonderful colours and textures to see and photograph, and much to Loki’s delight, many pine cones and twigs to count.
Gathering inspiration is always such fun, the ideas start to flow and the pictures come alive.