Update December 2017
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, a book….
The basic stuff:
Mr Rowling– Maker in Chief – sits at his studio workbench looking over the gardens to the sea in the distance. He makes extraordinary hand stitched art in woolfelt and his work is available through TheBigForest and to commission. He makes three-dimensional dog ‘portraits’, contemporary bears and animal tableau telling a story; kids’, womens’ and mens’ accessories including dog breed brooches in beautiful subtle colours and ……………well have a look at our online shops or bricks and mortar stockists to find his latest works.
Mr Craven – Mr Craven:Raconteur In July 2017 Mr Craven started his own brand. He still helps out in the forest, particular at Christmas when the wages of your average elf just skyrocket, but he also has his own etsy shop . Do take a look at his amazing paper dolls, greetings cards and illustrations.
Mr Craven also writes (including TheBigForest blog), lectures and his other interests include mid-century design, toy theatres, maps, sound, found photo albums, 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, 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 was a side project to TheBigForest and was 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
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.