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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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

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