Hi my name is Little Birdy, which is also the name of my company that I established back in 2011. I wanted to create one-off handmade ceramic pieces that are as unique as the person who buys them and to explore design and illustration.
My art encapsulates a love of nature and all its many mysteries and wonders along with, I hope, a sense of playfulness and curiosity that is accessible to all. I do this through the mediums of mainly Ceramics and Illustration and occasionally Textiles. I’m inspired by many things. Nature, colour and pattern primarily but often anything and everything like film, fashion, stories, vintage hunting – all sorts of things!
I have drawn and painted all my life and studied fine art at the university of Gloucestershire many moons ago. I kept my hand in with ceramics whenever possible after first trying it at tertiary college and loving its therapeutic qualities.
I think that Bristol is an incredibly creative city to live and work in. I often say that it’s creativity can’t be contained and over spills onto walls and buildings in the form of incredible and varied graffiti! The design and craft community is amazingly supportive and there so many events and opportunities for artists in Bristol. One of the things that has influenced my work has been the varied communities that make up Bristol and their unique identities through the like-minded people who are drawn to them! I used thus idea to create my Bristol Creature Illustrated cards. I made ten designs of Bristol areas with strong identities and used a different British wildlife bird/animal to represent each area, eg Totterdown Tawny Owl, Bishopston Badger, Stokes Croft Squirrel etc which have been very popular!
To date, in my craft career, the best thing was being chosen as a Folksy Shop of the week and the continued support and opportunities that have come my way through it. On a more personal level I’d have to say meeting a number of talented Bristol Creatives that have become good friends.
I have a number of Bristol stockists including Co-Lab, 7th Sea and Objets De Desir and work available on my online Folksy shop.
I’m currently working on setting up a commission based only shop on Etsy so that people can order pieces instead of waiting for me to have a batch of flying badgers or narwhals for sale. A bit later in the year I’ll be taking part and exhibiting in the Etsy Bristol Christmas Pop-up shop and am applying for some Christmas markets in London like Renegade Craft Market which was great to be involved with last year. I’ve also got a few collaborations in the pipelines which are exciting and generally will be flat-out on the run up to Christmas especially as I’ve just started doing commissioned mini pet cats and dogs figurines.