Update October 2016
We have been doing so much since we wrote the ‘about’ section of our blog – commissions in the UK and internationally, art work in galleries, wholesale for our gifts, the launch of our first book….
Our next projects are to bring our kids mobiles that we have been making to commission to our on-line shops and also to do more interiors projects making large and small felt murals for kids rooms. Amazing creations to fire kids imaginations…watch this this space!
The basic stuff:
Benjamin – Maker in Chief – sits in at his studio workbench looking over gardens and the sea in the distance making extraordinary hand stitched art in high quality woolfelt. His work is available through TheBigForest and to commission. He makes three dimensional dog ‘portraits’, contemporary bears and animals for decorative display each telling a story; kids’, womens’ and mens’ accessories including dog breed brooches in beautiful subtle colours of woolfelt and ……………well have a look at our online shops or bricks and mortar stockists to find his latest inspiration for you.
Michael – Head of Forestry Commissions – designs greetings cards featuring card construction illustrations and does all the construction work for our animals (bases, frames, miniature accessories etc). He also works to commission as well as selling as part of TheBigForest. Michael writes (including TheBigForest blog), teaches and lectures and his other interests include mid-century design, autobiographical practice, narrative illustration………and baking bread.
TheBigForest are members of Brighton Fiveways Artists Group . As we joined very recently we are not, at the time of writing, featured on the website but will be soon.
Our influences include british craft and design from the 1950’s to the 1970’s, illustrators such as SR Badmin, Eric Ravillious and Edward Bawden, Japanese cartoons, dolls houses and model villages, modernist textiles, vintage children’s story books and our constant search for new music and sounds.
Our work has been featured widely in books, on-line and magazines. Press includes a four page article on our work and influences in Made in Felt (a bookazine from the publishers of Mollie Makes), Dilla pa handlaget ( magazine: Norway), Sunday Times Christmas Gift Guide (2016), Inspired London: A guide to the handmade in London (book), Oh Comely (magazine), Muse for life (magazine), The Clerkenwell Post (journal), The Guardian Weekend , Kid Independent (website).
Our first book:
Cute Felt Bears is a side project to TheBigForest and is published in the UK by Fil Rouge Press and Barrons Educational in the US and Europe. Find it on Amazon or the Search Press website.
Not On The High Street www.notonthehighstreet.com/thebigforest
Etsy. There is a small selection of our work in our shop. We ship to the US, Australia and other counties regularly. Check out our Etsy shop
Bricks and mortar shops and galleries
We often have selections of our work for kids and grown ups and our greetings cards in galleries. Currently we have work in
The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey. A beautiful Georgian town which calls its self ‘craft town’.
And in a shops in Santa Monica, California, Lyon, France, Oxfordshire, England and elsewhere.
We love enquiries for wholesale and sometimes make special ranges for shops.
We occasionally sell at high quality designer maker events. See our blog for details of forthcoming dates.
We make much of our work to commission for private, retail and corporate clients
- Fantastical paper construction window displays, illustrations, artboxes and greetings cards
- Birthday and anniversary bears with personalised badges and accessories
- Wedding/civil ceremony bears – the bride and groom, the groom and groom, the bride and bride (and any other combination – we aim to please here at TheBigForest)
- Felt animal sculptures that tell the story of your interests. Previous commissions have included Morris Dancer, DJ, Traveller, Book lover etc.
Just send a message to thebear[at]thebigforest.co.uk for more information, press enquires, wholesale enquiries or commissions.