Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Press Release - New Books From Jane Foster

Am so excited to announce that the 5 children's books I've been working on the past few months are going to be published next year! My hand drawn illustrations appear in all five books.

Templar have acquired world rights from Claudia Kennerley at Palazzo Editions.
Three of my new books will be published in January 2016  - Black and White, Colours and First Words.
Stripy Tiger Pattern Book and Brown Bear Colour Book will follow in March. These two titles introduce children to the concepts of pattern and colour with beautiful die-cuts and tabs making them perfect for hands on learning.

The Bookseller wrote a piece online here and Book Brunch announced the new books this morning.

Helen Wicks at Templar said: "Jane's latest range of pre-school titles continues her stylish study of first concepts, exploring colour and pattern through distinctive, high-contrast illustrations. Her playful characters and cheerful designs engage toddlers with their stunning simplicity."

Sunday, 30 August 2015

New Haberdashery Range Coming Soon! - Jane Foster with Make International

Am very excited to announce my new Haberdashery Range for Make International is coming very soon! You can view the products here. I've spent years designing and screen printing my own fabrics for toy kits so it's been very exciting to collaborate with Make International on a range of Haberdashery products, ranging from toy kits to fabric buckets to pin cushions. Keith Brymer Jones made several visits to various factories in order to source the best quality products that are hand screen printed in just the same way that I did the prototypes. I've added a photo below showing the actual silk screens used and the long printing tables.
All the products have been screen printed onto cotton using water based eco friendly inks. I love the packaging that's been used and each toy kit comes with vacuum packed stuffing. Here are some snap shots of the products. They will be available to buy from Make International and John Lewis very soon.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Short break in Cornwall - summer 2015

We recently returned from a short break in Cornwall  - here are some of my favourite photos - St Ives will always remain a special place due to it's history of artists and wonderful light. I also love Marazion and Zennor.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Cacti drawings - Jane Foster illustrations

I've been sketching some cacti alongside my daughter this morning - she's been designing a children's animal colouring book. Please see photos below! (Will finish this and decorate the pot later!)

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Blog offer - Kirtsie's Handmade Fair - a pair of Full Experienced Tickets!

Kirstie's Handmade Fair is happening again this September 18th - 20th at Hampton Court Palace and I've been given a pair of 'Full Experienced Tickets' to give away to one of my blog followers. I shall pick one lucky winner at the end of August (so you can treat a friend) - to be in with a chance of winning, please leave a comment below as to why you'd love to come to the event.

The winner is Wendy Freeman! Please can you email me! If I don't hear by 11th Sept then I'll choose another!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Cardboard Mobile with Jane Foster and daughter Polly

Today is the first day of Polly's school holiday so I asked her if she wanted to do some painting in the garden. As usual, the project evolved into something completely unexpected! She wanted to make a mobile! Initially I thought she was just wanting to paint some scraps of cardboard I had in the studio but then it became apparent she had a good idea to make a mobile for her room. We found the wire in Jim's shed and bent the ends over to slot through small pencil holes at the top of each cut out design.
2 owls and 2 hearts.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Toy workshop at Foyles in Bristol - Jane Foster

Do any of you live in Bristol? I'm coming to Foyles bookshop on Thursday 27th August 2-3pm to run a short workshop on decorating simple stuffed toys. Places are for children ages 5-10 and need to come with an adult. Prices are £3 each and can be booked here - http://bit.ly/1K7unO8

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

My Trimma Cabinet Obsession - Frank Guille for Kandya - Jane Foster

Those of you that have followed my blog over the years will know of my obsession with vintage formica and my love of 60s Kandya units designed by Frank Guille. Frank studied with Robin Day at the London College of furniture and I first bought his Trimma cabinet (sideboard) when I was living in Brighton, years ago. You can see here it has followed me from house to house! Until recently I owned two Trimma sideboards - I had the one shown here in the first photo too but sadly had to sell it due to a house move and no-where to put it. A few weeks ago I bought the taller version  -  it arrived in such a sad state that I had no choice but to renovate and paint it - there was no way it was going to clean up. It's lost it's original flap down door but is going to make a fab book case / cabinet for all my vintage children's books and boxes of vintage picture dominoes. If you scroll down, you can see work in progress on it. The sliding doors are the original colour and although a bit faded, will remain this colour, as will the birch ply edging and drawers. I shall show the final version when it's finished!