Spotlight On: Girl & Bird

Today’s Spotlight On guest is the fabulous Annah Legg of Girl & Bird. We originally met at the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards where Annah was short listed for the Creative Idea Award for her stunning collection using vintage maps.  I adore her creations which include all sorts of bags and cushion covers, as well as (just in time for Christmas!) cute as a button origami star garlands! Did someone say stocking filler? But enough from me, let’s hear from the lady herself.

 

Hello!

Hello! I’m Annah from girl&bird. I hand make a range of products with vintage map prints. The products range from tote bags to wash bags, small clutches to cushion covers. All of them can be personalised to feature a place that you love, miss or just really want to visit!

How did it all begin?

I’ve always enjoyed making to sell, and I started girl&bird when I was at uni, making bits of jewellery. Through third year I stopped, but in April 2014 experimented with printing vintage maps onto fabric, and it worked!

I’d already built up quite a collection of maps from the 1940s and 50s, as they’re such beautiful objects. When I was at uni, I had a map on my wall that showed Sussex, where I grew up, and when I moved away after uni, it was joined by a map of Cornwall, where I’d studied. I’d always wanted to make them back into something more usable, more than just a pretty, obsolete object. To begin with, I tried using the maps themselves before moving onto fabric.

But, it all really started with the Handmade Awards with Mollie Makes (where I met the amazing Hannah from Crafternoon Cabaret [That’s you!]). Being shortlisted gave me a huge boost, and has lead to some more exciting opportunities, including selling at The Handmade Fair.

Do you have a favourite make?

That’s tricky! I still use and love the first map wash bag I ever made – it’s a little dog-eared now, but it’s a nice reminder of what has changed in the last 10 months!

It’s such a thrill making anything that reminds people of special places – especially if they’re bought as a wedding gift, or leaving present. At the moment, I’m especially pleased with the tote bags that will be coming to the website soon

Any challenges?

Time management is always challenging, especially alongside a busy full-time job, but I feel so lucky that working on girl&bird is relaxing in its self

Who or what are your top 5 inspirations?

Magazines: Mollie Makes is fantastic for quirky buys and accessible crafts. I love Living Etc and Elle Deco – I’d love to be featured in one some day!

Blogs: Will Taylor from Bright Bazaar seriously inspires me with his bright and cheery interiors. I’ve always loved peoples homes so seeing his adventures is great! I also love The Clothes Horse for fashion, and Honestly WTF for DIY!

People: My boyfriend and family! Cheese! I’m really lucky to have a group of fantastically creative friends – getting together with them always spurs me on and refreshes my creative ideas.

Places: I went to Lisbon this summer and that was incredible – I’d love to create a print collection based around all of the fantastic tiles. Bristol, where I recently moved, is really inspirational too.

Necklace makers (I love necklaces…): Ampersand Commodities, Rhiannon Palmer Jewellery and Kate Rowland 

And finally, how can we find your online so we can all gaze at your fab work!

My website is www.girlandbird.com – find me on Instagram too!

Thanks for chatting Annah!

 

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