Monday, 1 February 2016

1st February Publication Day - New Baby Board Books from Templar! Blog Offer!

Today is the publication date of my three new baby board books  -

Jane Foster's First Words,  Black and White and Colours.

They're all published by Tempar and are available to buy direct from my website (and can be signed!) and from various online and Independent Bookshops including Waterstones, Hive and Amazon.

Blog offer - I shall be giving three of these books away to one lucky blog follower - all you need to do is leave me a comment below (or on my Facebook) saying who you think would like these and why? I shall pick a winner in 7 days time.

Here are some snap shots.

A huge thank you to all those of you that left wonderful comments - I really value all of you indeed.
The lucky winner is Lisa Blake  - Congratulations! x

Monday, 25 January 2016

Screen printed handmade Scandi tote bags by Jane Foster

I'm in my element when I'm in my studio screen printing fabric to then make into products. I've normally got various work deadlines and orders to attend to but last Friday, I printed some fabric to make into tote bags. Here are some snap shots of me in the studio in my element!

Monday, 4 January 2016

New Zodiac Mugs Coming Soon! Jane Foster for Make International

Am really excited that my new zodiac mugs are now being produced as we speak and will be available to buy next month! I designed these for Make International last year and here are some of my initial sketches below and the actual mugs. Each mug has a different zodiac sign on the back and front with some blurb about each sign round the side.

They shall be launched at Olympia in London this January 17th - 19th on stand C29 Make International. Keith Brymer Jones will also be doing live pottery demonstrations each day.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Jane Foster at Peter Jones store in London

I was invited to the Haberdashery Department of Peter Jones store last Saturday in order to show my toy kits that they currently stock that the company Make International produce. They provided me with a table to display my various kits and I sat and designed whilst customers browsed the store. It was lovely to meet several children who also wanted to join me in drawing various animals and faces - here are a few snap shots from the event and the time I spent enjoying London at it's most Christmassy!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Scandinavian inspired garden ideas - Jane Foster

Scandinavian inspired garden ideas  - Jane Foster

We moved into our current home 16 months ago and decided we'd like to give it a Scandi feel. It's a quirky 60s house full of light, which is why it appealed to us. The whole house needs work but as we're in no hurry, we're happy to do it ourselves over the next few years.
The garden was a complete blank canvas - literally a rectangle of flat lawn. Our initial focus was to build a studio in the garden and we chose to build it from insulated panels (SIPS) and then clad it in larch. We wanted it to look Scandinavian in feel - here are some snap shots - my partner Jim built it from scratch. He hired a digger and the created a few grassy banks using earth he dug out from the ground. We planted a few silver birch trees and have built a deck on several levels for various seating areas. Our seven year old daughter loves playing on these areas and makes den with cushions and rugs on them in the summer.

Now that the studio has been built, we're thinking of garden inspiration and I've found a really cool link to great garden ideas on a site called homify. The site is full of inspiration to suite a range of tastes but I've focused on a few here that have a particularly Scandi feel and that I might be able to pinch some ideas from.

This garden below is a project in Holland by WWOO Dutch Design. What I love is the use of concrete fencing to create an outside room. The tree provides shading and a wonderful dappled light, creating a much cosier space that if it wasn't there. I really like the timber table and bench seat - really  great clean lines and shape.We've struggled to find tasteful garden seating. I also love the fact that this is an outside kitchen with what looks like an oven!

This garden is a project by Ansicht Zuang and can be seen here.  I love the wild grass (we let the grass on our bank grow wild like this in the summer - Polly loves playing in it) large silver birch and path. This path has inspired me to create a curved version in our garden using pebbles and timber, instead of concrete. I'm a huge fan of gardens that aren't too fussy - I don't like flowers beds that look great parts of the year but the rest of the time look redundant and scruffy. I prefer grasses that look good all the year round.

What a clever planting idea! I particularly love the black board painted wall so you can add labels to the herbs in chalk. We've got a black board wall in the kitchen but it's never occurred to me to paint one in the garden! My daughter would love this and she could also go and fetch the various herbs when I choose them for cooking!  This project can be found here.

Here's a garden studio with a planted roof! The project is called small green roofs and can be seen here. Something we've been considering for a while now - perhaps with sedum. Not only would it be great for attracting wildlife, it would soften the look of the studio roof.

I shall post some more photos of our garden space once we've made a few more changes - will wait until the Spring when I feel like gardening again! 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

New Quirky Hand Illustrated Figures / Dolls by Jane Foster

Making quirky figures is one of my favourite things to do - I love stuffing these hand drawn fabric characters to see what they end up looking like! They're often quite 'odd' in a good way. (I hope!)  - a but like me really! Here are some snap shots. The reason I designed one character wearing a Patti Smith Fan tee shirt is that I've been a long Patti Smith fan herself and recently heard her being interviewed on Radio 4 - she's been on my mind this week. I saw her perform in Brighton many years ago and never tire from listening to her talk and sing.

Am selling these on my Etsy site here. 

Friday, 30 October 2015

Handmade Miffy items to be sold Sunday 1st November at 10am

I'm listing 20 handmade Miffy fabric cushions Sunday 1st November at 10am (UK time) from here.
A few months ago I was fortunate to be able to buy some very rare 70s Miffy fabric that I've used in these 20 cushions I'm selling. The fabric is designed by Dick Bruna and was originally from Holland. I've added panels of 70s and retro cottons to make these. Am also listing some handmade purses. I've signed a licensing agreement with Miffy to allow me to legally sell these items. Here are a few snap shots.