Since Crafts & Company came to life both Coral and I have wanted to work with other creative people in different ways. Our Guest Maker is a programme by which a maker joins us for approximately three months and we work creativity with them as well as introducing their products through our online shop.
We are delighted to announced that our first guest maker is Lesley Van Bogerijen from Woodend Designs. Lesley is also based on Arran and is very much part of our wonderful island community. Lesley is a true creative able to work across a range of media. It is her jewellery that we will be focusing on in the New Year. However, this year she has dipped her toe in the world of colouring books and with considerable success. Lesley is a wonderful artist and her colouring book is inspired by the birds that she sees on the island.
Lesley’s wonderful garden studio is far more than a shed so ‘shed envy’ does not come close. However, I know how blessed she feels to have such a space that looks out onto a garden rich with wildlife. This colouring book gives us all an insight into her world and that of the birds that became her subjects.
This is what Lesley has to say about her creative background and her own experience of colouring books.
‘I have drawn pictures for as long as I can remember. My Grandmother bought me crayons, paper and colouring books, mainly to keep me sitting quietly while she ‘got on ‘. I was fussy about the books, I liked the pictures to be realistic and a little challenging. The paper was important also – I didn’t like rough thin paper because my pencil would go through it! So, my colouring book is full of lovely detailed drawings,printed on quality paper with vellum sheets between each picture, to protect your artwork. The type of colouring book I could only dream of, long ago. That’s why I drew it.’
This is a true luxury colouring book that knocks all the others off the shelves. The quality of the illustrations coupled with the quality of the book itself make it a must have purchase. Pop over to our online shop to find out more. With Christmas on the horizon this would make an ideal present and it even comes gift boxed.
We know Lesley will have wonderful success with her colouring book and we look forward to sharing her jewellery with you early in 2017.
Crafts & Company xx