Our featured business this month is Fox & Whale Designs . Owner Liz designs and creates the most wonderful personalised artwork.
Like many creative people, Liz spent many years in jobs that didn't 100% tick her creative box - then her children inspired the creation of Fox & Whale Designs.
Some of Liz's fabulous designs will be with us at The Handmade Fair so if you're planning to visit - do pop by to stand E58 and say hi!
I'm Liz, the artist at Fox and Whale Designs. I’ve loved painting since I can remember and trained as an illustrator at Falmouth College of Arts which I loved! I spent the next 12 years in jobs ranging from computer games artist, to personal trainer, to marketing manager where I also use my graphic design skills. Very varied (!) but none of them really hit that creative spot. I’d always wanted to set up my own creative business and so, whilst on maternity leave with my second baby, decided to go for it and turn my dream into a reality.
I thought there was a real gap in the market for beautiful, affordable and original artwork so after a lot of thinking, planning and painting, Fox and Whale Designs was launched in Feb this year!
The first complete designs I created were a fox and a whale, hence the business name! All my work is influenced by nature and my love of animals. The paintings were the very first items I made, I then had the idea of including the animals I’d created on personalised signs for children’s rooms. The animal shapes on the personalised signs are all cut from my original drawings so they are all really unique! I then added some hand painted, decorative letters to the range which are lovingly painted with tiny little designs – no two are ever exactly the same!
As well as all the designs you can see in the shop, I am very happy to take commissions and have recently painted a giraffe and a tropically themed name sign for customers. I love the variation that working in a creative business brings, I never know quite what I’ll be doing next!
My two children really are the inspiration behind my business, I think it’s so important to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. I’ve been so delighted with the positive feedback I’ve received since starting Fox and Whale Designs, it’s an amazing feeling when people want to buy the work that I’ve put so much passion and time into creating. I truly love what I do and I hope that my paintings, signs and letters bring happiness wherever they are placed.
I'm so excited to be on board with Walter & May and the fantastic opportunities I have with them.
My work will be on display at the Handmade Fair which is a huge step for me, please drop by and say hi if you are visiting!