Here's a peek at a piece from the new collection of jewellery I am working on and which will be available soon!
My resolution of blogging more often is going well isn't it? Erm...
Lots of things have been going on lately not least the Seconds and Samples sale which launched with a HUGE bang a few weeks ago with nearly everything selling over the first weekend. You guys are amazing, thank you for that! If you didn't get the newsletter or see the launch on Twitter or Facebook be sure to have a look as there are still some pieces left, a smattering of lockets, tees and sweaters in the Seconds sale and some limited and one off pieces in the Samples sale including hand etched rings, cushions, and jewellery...See HERE!
The wonderful Girls Who Draw 'Mythical Creatures' exhibition has toured itself (with brilliant co-ordination by Karoline Rerrie) to Hereford College of Arts, so if you are in the area be sure to check it out. I created a brand new Pegasus especially for this show and he hangs alongside the original Pegasus from the book and a weird and wonderful menagerie of imagined beings from the other girls until May 28th.
Lastly here is a token picture of my bed hogging baby. Four months next week. Where is this year going?!
Finally! I have got around to getting a batch of the new From Small Seeds Lockets made and they are now available in the shop: Have a look see HERE!
It is the Brit Awards tonight and my wonderful and ever inspiring friend Natasha is up for Best Female Solo artist. Here is the video for her song 'Lilies'. It's beautiful:
That line, 'Thank god I'm alive', is just so joyous!
It's a little late a coming but I have Bonbi baba news...She's here! Ruby Evelyn Wilson arrived not long before midnight on the 17th January and I know I am biased, but she's just gorgeous. She was 7lbs 15oz at birth and 3 and a half weeks on she has grown so much already but is still a tiny bean, I'm taking time to enjoy her as much as I can. We love her so much.
^^Tiny little ginger biscuit!^^
In other news on a completely different note, I have some work in the Girls Who Draw 'Mythical Creatures' exhibition at the Here Gallery in Bristol which runs all the way through to the 6th April. You can see original gouache on paper versions of my Mermaid and Pegasus that I created for the Mythical Creatures postcard book (purchase HERE!) as well as work by all the other illustrators involved...If you are in the area be sure to pay a visit!
Well there's still been no arrival of our lil Bonbino (as Claire from Miso Funky so nicely termed her on Twitter a few weeks ago!) Patiently we wait...
In the meantime I have been dreaming up new jewels and print ideas and have a new locket design just about good to go...Meet 'From Small Seeds':
With everything going on at the moment it seemed right to take a moment to ponder on growth, of beings and nature and ideas. This newest design indulges my ongoing obsession with tree silhouettes and gave me an excuse to buy a bucket load of these super cute acorn charms! I also like to think of it as a reminder of what can be achieved by sowing the smallest seed...
I hope everyone had a great Christmas time and plans are looking good for the coming new year felicitations!
Christmas at Bonbi Forest was a super busy affair (I think the busiest yet!) so thank you to everyone who bought and gave Bonbi goodies this Christmas, your support is always very much appreciated indeed by independent businesses like Bonbi Forest. I always finish the last of the Christmas posting feeling eternally grateful that I am able to spend each and every day making things and earning my living doing what I love!
One of my new years resolutions this year is to post here more often. There's a few reasons I haven't been posting as much lately, the main one being that as well as beginning Christmas preparations waaaay earlier than I can usually get myself organised for (who wants to hear about Christmas in August, really?) I have had quite a lot of non-art/Bonbi related things on my mind of late because of this:
Yep, due VERY soon in early January and it is all very exciting! The last few months have seen Mark and I painting the nursery, getting confused by the myriad of baby paraphernalia available, squealing (mostly me, occasionally Mark) at tiny outfits and wondering if my ever expanding belly can actually expand much more...finally though, now Christmas is out of the way, we are ready to meet the little bean. Hopefully she won't keep us waiting too long!
Much organising is taking place now while we wait for the baba so that the Bonbi shop can stay open (hurrah!) and in the meantime watch this space for news on Valentines goodies, artwork I have been meaning to show you for AGES and other bits and pieces...
2013 looks to be an exciting time here!
It's very nearly December (can you believe?!) which for me heralds the start of Winter. Cue cozy nights by the fire, big knits and crisp mornings, ahh!
I have been making a brand new limited edition batch of wintery snowflake lockets for 2012, a wearable slice of the winter for you that is becoming a bit of a Bonbi tradition! This years snowflakes have a scattering of ice hued Swarovski crystals, glass pearls and raw brass leaves and leaping deer. Have a look in the shop HERE!
There is more newness in the shop, new lockets no less!
They have been a bit of a long time coming, ideas came and went and I finally settled on some that I love...The first is a little soaring bird amongst the stars with a pair of feathers on the chain. I love drawing birds, all the patterns in their wings and their universal appeal make them a wonderful subject matter.
The second features a snow capped mountain range with little pine trees and (another) bird charm on the chain as if in flight over the mountain. I called this one Always Over the Mountain. It is inspired by the Iron and Wine track Upward Over the Mountain which is a beautiful song that sound tracked a 4 week American road trip Mark and I took back in 2004 through California, Arizona, New Mexico & Nevada...It also makes me think of my mother in law and her two sons. Have a listen:
See all of the lockets, new and old, HERE!
Hasn't it got cold all of a sudden? On Saturday when I drove up to the stables to see Miss Pia and Little B the car thermometer read 2˚...it's a little too early in the year for it to be that chilly, blue hands and cooold ears were not what I expected on Saturday morning!
With the chills of winter fast approaching it seemed as good a time as any to add the new Bird Scarf to the shop today...it's the same print as the Cream Birds Scarf that launched in the shop a month ago (which I neglected to mention here...) but in more Autumnal hues of violet, pretty mauve and snowy white. These scarves are so lovely and big, great for wrapping around and around and keeping warm!
Violet Bird Scarf, available HERE!
This is the cream version, available HERE!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the scarves too, they are all in stock now for the winter time and Christmas gift giving --> HERE!
So I still haven't gotten around to photographing, or even figuring out a way to photograph those mirrors so I can show you the whole collection...Soon!
I have just received these images through from stylist Emma Breden who used a couple of Bonbi Forest pieces on a shoot for Coco magazine recently...I always enjoy seeing how other people interpret Bonbi Forest jewels. These looks are gorgeous with the rich purples and other muted garden tones. What do you think?
Antlers Necklace: (Shop HERE!)
Garden Cuff: (Shop: HERE!)
I have some new work to show you...well I would do if I could think of a way to photograph it without seeing my own image reflected in it!
I made these mirrors as part of the Cornwall Design Fair curated exhibition in August, I LOVED doing them and will be exploring this route more thoroughly in the future. They were made as a response to Trerife House where the design fair is held. The Le Grice family who own the house have a huge love of horses (as do I you may have noticed) so it seemed natural to theme the work that way. I was also given what is known as 'the pink room' in the house to display my work in (yep, I could use horses AND pink, it doesn't really get any better for me. Really.) which is a beautiful Georgian pink and full pretty antiques and an amazing ornate mirrored wardrobe, see pics on their website if you like --> www.trereifepark.co.uk
Anyway, so now I am trying to photograph them and it isn't easy! If anyone has any suggestions I would be happy to hear them...Here's a peek for now. Stay tuned for better pictures sometime soon. I hope...
How did it get to be so far into Autumn before I posted again?! This summer has been crazy busy, so much going on and lots to show and tell. I won't try to cram it all into one bumper post but I will be posting more often with things I am making, doing, seeing and finding inspiration in. I WILL!
I thought I would start with a picture post, a round up and a quick catch up of various things from the summer. Soon I will share with you more artwork, Bonbi goodies and news of a completely different kind, but for now here's summer in a mash up of instagrams...