We've started sneak peeks of our newest range, Bebunni, over on our Facebook page. Our fabulous Design Team has been sharing samples on their blogs as well!
Have a look at some of the amazing projects you can make with the new stamps, CD-ROM, and papercrafting kit!
We asked Bebunni's artist, Simon Taylor-Kielty (who has undertaken considerable work on other brands such as Forever Friends and Country Companions), to share a bit of information about this fabulous range.
Simon shares, "Creating characters for publishing is a never-ending challenge and joy. There’s always something new to inspire and develop. I work in all mediums and on all formats.
My work over nineteen years in the greetings card industry instilled a sense of empathy for the character genre, which I think, is very relevant in all aspects of publishing. For fifteen years I worked for Hallmark creating artwork for the Forever Friends and Country Companion brands."
I love to bring characters to life and nurture them to tell stories. I also love creating one off images and seeing them transformed into print for cards, or other printed products.
It’s all about the ‘ahh!’ factor, and I try to instil that special ingredient into all the work I do. It’s the link between my work and the person who will end up buying the product. If they ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh!’ then so will I."
"Although I refer to Bebunni as a he, Bebunni really is whatever gender the purchaser wants it to be. I just call him he because he’s my mate, and, like the great Beatrix Potter did with Peter Rabbit, I imagine the little guy sat on my shoulder giving me words of wisdom as I work!
I need to say, though, if there are a couple in the illustration, the one slightly higher is male, and the one snuggling in would be the girl-bunni. Unless I’ve made it obvious with clothes or props!
The illustrations are all about relating to the purchaser and the recipient."
"This little furry dude has turned out to be more successful than I could have hoped for. I suppose when you put your heart and soul into something like I’ve done into Bebunni, other people will notice, and love it just as much.
We’re now working on, amongst other things, Bebunni limited edition prints for wall-art, and ideas for Bebunni’s first picture books!
2014 looks set to be a Bebunni bonanza full of oohing and aahing!
Love Simon xxx (and Bebunni)"
The picture above is Simon working on an illustration at a 'Meet the Artist' day, with Bebunni's biggest fan looking on - that's his six-year-old daughter, Lottie!
Watch this space for more details on the showtimes! You will see Sara Davies Friday on Create & Craft, launching this marvellous collection! And keep checking in on our Facebook page, for more sneak peeks!