I am pleased as punch to announce I now have a shop on Folksy!
If you haven’t heard of Folksy then in a nutshell it’s just for UK makers and no ‘vintage’ tat or mass produced stuff masquerading as ‘craft’. Here is there kind of mission statement:
Why do we ‘do’ Folksy? We mainly do it because we believe in:
Craft skills. We love craft and design skills, the process by which people use their creativity and talent to make beautiful work. Most of all, we love making.
Strength in numbers. Professional, portfolio and hobbyist designer-makers can reach a mainstream audience, test markets and grow their business more effectively on Folksy rather than through costly galleries and boutique shops.
Cottage industries. Small scale production and handmade goods offer ways to be creative, manage resources effectively and support local economies.
Meritocracy. Any designer-maker can list their work as long as it is hand crafted (no vintage or mass manufactured work is allowed). This creates a meritocracy where great work from hobbyists can rub shoulders with the best from established professional crafters. The work should stand for itself.
David not Goliath. 🙂
This is me and my lovely friend, collaborator and artistic pal Emily Neale. We sometimes sell our stuff together like at Crafty Fox (pictured above) and we hang out lots, walk our dogs together and dream up lots of creative plans! You should check out her work, its great!
Some of mine and Emily’s toys.
Photo by Josh Knill
I still can’t believe how amazing this year has been so far! Ive moved studio twice!!! I’ve just been offered another work space which is top secret at the moment and i’ll reveal all soon. I’ve had some fabulous commissions too.
My next big project is working for Portsmouth City Council and with the residents of Somerstown to create public art work for their new community hub. Im so happy they liked our idea and that we get to work in a part of our city that deserves wonderful aspirational creative work.
I have been having a lovely time preparing for my exhibition! I have also got round to doing some spiffy paintings of animals wearing sweaters. I’m particularly proud of the badger in the sparkly jumper, I love him a little bit.
A dachshund is being posted off to a customer and I think I enjoy wrapping my toys as much as I do making them.
I was also very happy to receive some fabric donations from London fabric print designer and bag maker Black Cactus. i have promised a drawing/painting in return and look forward to sending her something awesome!
I have now moved into my lovely studio space at Neon Studios in Portsmouth, I’m very happily pottering away and making lovely characters.
The tortoise family seems to be a big hit and lots of orders have come flooding in. Remember if you see something you like just email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make you a friend or two!
I’m fed up with shirts that won’t button over my boobs, skirts and trousers that sit on my hips rather than on my waist and boring fabrics, colours and quality.
Its a bit of a plunge venturing into the world of making your own clothes. I guess I can only make a few types of top and dress at the moment, maybe easy a-line skirts. I make my own patterns and draw directly onto the fabric, pinning and sticking as i go until it fits. Sometimes a bit wonky and imperfect but really beautiful.
This is a top Im working on at the moment, I can’t wait to show you the final thing!
The shop now has a series of plush ‘British Seabirds’ backed in vintage fabric and some nifty greetings cards!
Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile, things have been busy, children have been poorly and family life is at the forefront.
I have still had time to work on some new pieces and the lovely Often Hover has shot some beautiful photos which I will post up soon. In the meantime let’s look at some nice stuff…
Vintage advertising and Tokyo kinder Film Fest
Gillian Hamilton shares her crochet cushion process.
The artwork of Lindsay Watson
Atelier Stella Ceramics
The beautiful work of Morimoto Shouhei
The very talented illustrator Natasha Durley
Spring is here and we travelled to East Sussex to visit Lewes Castle. A happy and relaxed weekend was had by all.
Im just starting back at working on my toys again and have been hard at work on a beautiful range of cats and bears. They should be available soon at the wonderful Flo & Stan boutique.
Foxy Toy by Ooh la Lapin
It is with regret I announce I will be leaving my post as manager of the Gold Room Gallery at the end of this month. I have had so much fun and learnt a great deal but it’s time to move on.
I have some other projects I want to work on as well as devoting more time to my toy making.
I am also planning on writing a book about raising a child with severe autism, not a sad weepy book but a kind of creative guide.
In other news we are planning on moving house as our landlord is selling in June so it’s all systems GO! I do hope I find a nice home to move to. As always life is filled with changes, disruption and chaos, I think I have learnt that is what life is, it never seems to be peaceful and stable. Acceptance has become the buzzword of the Lapin household.
Here is a list of things making life a bit brighter at the moment:
The music of Best Coast, Pavement, Real Estate, Harlem, Thee Oh Sees, King Khan and the BBQ Show, Metronomy and Grimes.
Oh Comely magazine
Tie Dye clothing
Watching Mad Men, Arrested Development and Game of Thrones.