A Festive Welcome Back to….. TheBigForest

In the first of our festive stall holder posts for our Christmas fair on the 16th November we proudly welcome back TheBigForest and their wonderful felted creations and Christmas makes! TheBigForest are well known across Brighton, London and beyond and their Etsy and Not on the High Street shops are always popular, however they have chosen The Fairy Tale Fair as the only Brighton based craft fair to sell at this Christmas- so make sure you pop along and don’t miss your only chance this Christmas to meet them in person, as they are lovely people! Find out all about them…

Remind us about you and what you create?

TheBigForest is a designer/maker business based in Brighton and London and we make wondrous goods to delight and thrill!

Our goods include magical illustration and cut-out-and-make Christmas cards for adults and kids and a range of stunning handmade items in wool felt including mobiles for baby; animal, bird and bug key rings; brooches; forest inspired finger puppets; accessories; unique large handmade animals for decorative display; Christmas decorations and …..well come along to The Fairy Tale Fair and take a look, there will be lots more on our stall!

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

We will indeed! We have been designing some very special Christmas treats that will only be available at The Fairy Tale Fair.

Will you be taking part in any other fairs over the Christmas period?

Only one – The Craft Central Christmas Fair in Clerkenwell, London at the end of November. But our goods are always available on line at Not on the High Street (just search for TheBigForest) and in Brighton at the stupendous and ridiculously wonderful Wigwam Toys in Preston Drove.

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You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

We took part in the very first Fairy Tale Fair (we knew you before you were famous!) and we loved it. It was good to see such high quality work by other makers and the cakes and tea were damn special too.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? 

It’s been a wonderful year for TheBigForest. We were interviewed about our work and influences by Made in Felt magazine (it’s by the same publishers as Mollie Makes), our work has been featured in magazines in the UK and Scandinavia and we have begun to expand our network of wholesale outlets.  We have also made a lot of commissions for adults and kids rooms too, these are real bags under our eyes and distinguished grey hairs I’ll have you know.

In 2014 we will be expanding our business,  developing our lecturing and teaching work, working with new retailers, building our on-line selling and continuing to create goods our loyal (and new) customers love!

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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Family; Love; Forests; Stolen; Woodburner.

Any other comments you wish to make:

Come to The Fairy Tale Fair! It will be one of the most inspiring fairs this Christmas and everyone loves handmade festive gifts.

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

You can catch up with our adventures at our blog: thebigforestuk.wordpress.com

Or on Twitter: thebigforestuk

Or how about liking our Facebook page at thebigforest and maybe even winning a wonderful give-away?

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Say Hello To…Vera Jane

Say Hello To Lucy of Vera Jane. Lucy is pretty new to the craft fair scene but we think her creations will go down wonderfully, especially for our Fairy Tale Fair- we have our eye on one of her beautiful teddy bears!

“I’d like to imagine all my items in this sort of fairy-tale forest imagination land where you can eat the trees and the clouds are candyfloss!”– Lucy, Vera Jane 

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

Hello! My name is Lucy I’m a very enthusiastic seamstress and the maker behind Vera Jane. I mostly make one of a kind item’s from lovely materials such as imported Japanese fabrics, vintage pass me downs and other cute finds I’ve been collecting for a while now!

How would you describe your style?

Some words I would use to describe it are – whimsical, sickly sweet, magical, cute! I think it’s a sort of fantasy style… Think of dreams you have when you are young or the magical stories you get told…I’d like to imagine all my items in this sort of fairy-tale forest imagination land where you can eat the trees and the clouds are candyfloss!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been sewing on and off for a good few years but started Vera Jane recently which is named after my lovely Nana who was also a seamstress. She always encouraged my creativity and gave me some good advice along with her button tin 🙂 So it felt very appropriate and inspiring to name this after her!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

Not yet! There seems to be a lot of love for the Teddy Bears and more recently the Alice in Wonderland Skirt made from amazing Fabric by Kokka!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I do enjoy each stage in its own way but the creative part is definitely a great bit… This is where I choose the fabrics and decide what to make from it… Then experimenting with different colour combinations and other materials is really exciting to me! Although I can spend ages doing this so maybe not the most productive! It’s also such a nice feeling when people appreciate your work and love their item 🙂

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

My first fair was with my sister in Alton but it was a rainy day and not many people showed up. Other than that I did the Brighton craft fair at the friends meeting house in June which was lovely but I still feel pretty new to it all!

What items and festive gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I will be selling a range of mostly one of a kind items including – Home wares and Teddy’s and also accessories and a few things to wear. They are a combination of festive colours and my usual brightly coloured treasures.

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I have lots of plans and ambitions for the future! I’ve had a colourful start and would like to continue improving my skills and also learn new ones. I plan to work on new collections and make more wearable pieces. I also hope to have a website next year where I can showcase my work and also have online shopping there too.

Any other comments you wish to make:

Thanks for having me at the fair, I am very excited!

We look forward to welcoming Lucy and her beautiful creations on the 24th! Find out more on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/verajanes. Also view her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/VeraJanes

A Festive Gift From…TheBigForest

Today we welcome back TheBigForest! TheBigForest and their amazing artists bears took part in our last Fairy Tale Fair and their creations were certainly popular with our visitors, with some of them even commissioning TheBigForest for their own personal bears! TheBigForest will also be the subject of Craftaganza Live this Wednesday, at The Old Market Hove, 7pm, where they will be talking about their success as a designer & blogger team and how to go about it yourself.

“We LOVED the last Fairy Tale Fair. Not only did our goods dash off to nice homes on the day but we also were delighted to receive lots of commissions from people who met us at the event.”- TheBigForest

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

In a sunny forest clearing stands a hut, TheBigForest hut. Benjamin, Maker in Chief, spends the day designing wondrous handmade goods to delight and thrill.

There are always new goods in TheBigForest inspired by the trees and woods, the changing seasons…..and bears! Look out for our unique handmade Artist and Heirloom bears – they look wonderful perched on a shelf or box framed in mid-century modern and traditional interiors. We also make quirky greetings cards, felt brooches, kids name door hangers and wonderful forest inspired prints.

What festive gifts and creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

We will be selling all sorts of Christmas gifts from our animal bag charms which make great stocking fillers to our larger character bears which make a stunning gift. Maybe you will see Mod Bear scooting round the forest on his Lambretta or Warhol the Artist Bear? Father Christmas Bear will also be making an appearance (if we can get him away from the mince pieces and mulled wine!).

You took part in our last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it and did you find your creations were popular with visitors?

We LOVED the last Fairy Tale Fair. Not only did our goods dash off to nice homes on the day but we also were delighted to receive lots of commissions from people who met us at the event. Some commissions were for an Autobearography (a bear that has badges and a special item evoking the owner’s life story) …… and ………well the other commissions were superfantastic too but we are not allowed to say as many of them were ordered as Christmas presents!

Will you be taking part in other events over the festive period (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

We are indeed; we will be taking part in fairs in both London and Brighton. And our goods have just become available on notonthehighstreet.com/thebigforest, we have designed and made a special collection for in a wonderful new shop, Serenissime in Lyon, France and in selected high quality retailers in London.

Find out more: Blog: thebigforestuk.workpress.com or follow TheBigForest on twitter @thebigforestuk

We can’t wait to see all the new Christmas bears at the fair, and don’t forget you can see them at the Craftaganza live talk this Wednesday- details on their Facebook page via the link above!

Also see their original ‘Say Hello To…’ blog post here.

Say Hello To…TheBigForest

Today’s Say Hello To post comes from TheBigForest who make the most wonderful artists bears. Find out more about them…

“Global domination would be nice with a bear from TheBigForest in every house, cave and yurt”– TheBigForest

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

At TheBigForest we design and make woolfelt character artist bears and animals, home, mens’ and womens’ accessories, personalised childrens’ name door hangers, story cushions, greetings cards and lots of other goods to delight and inspire our customers.

How would you describe your style?
I’m wearing a really loud check suit and a bowler hat. Thisis accessorised with a bow tie yellow socks and correspondent shoes. Is that what you mean?

How long have you been making your craft items?
After I completed my training in Textiles I didn’t really want to do fashion and spent time experimenting before I gradually developed TheBigForest. It started off as a hobby around two years ago but I was getting so much positive feedback and interest that it became a full fledged international multi million global bear business around six months ago!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
Our character artist bear and brooches are always best sellers

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I enjoy every part of the process, designing, making and selling

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
We sell at events in London and throughout the south east. We will be taking part in more fairs and events in 2014

What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?
Felt brooches, small animals, bears, bags and lots more!

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
Global domination would be nice with a bear from TheBigForest in every house, cave and yurt…. oh and more people joining in the fun over at our blog at http://thebigforestuk.wordpress.com

Any other comments you wish to make:

We love making custom items especially bears that suit someones character and our custom kids name door hangers!

We can’t wait to see all the wonderful bear characters at the fair! Until then you can find TheBigForest at:

http://thebigforestuk.wordpress.com  and also on Facebook

McQueen Rainbow Dress Goes Gummi!

Teddy Bears Picnic anyone?

If you haven’t already seen these photos around Pinterest and other sites then this is impressive!

TWELV Magazine have re-created Alexander McQueen’s famous rainbow feather dress out of yummy gummi bears! 50,000 of them in fact! The dress was created by Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Marakum who hand stuck each gummi bear onto the dress, taking 3 weeks!


We are super impressed with the effort and creativity of TWELV Magazine have gone to for their debut issue. The model you see in the dress is Jessica Pitti and the dress was made to fit her measurements (although maybe she needs to eat a few of them!) and ended up weighing over 220 lbs!


We can almost smell that childhood memory sweetie scent! And the dress certainly looks good enough to eat. Yum yum!

See TWELV Magazine‘s website. 

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