My name is Phoebe and I'm the doll maker behind Lavender & Lark. All of my dolls and animals are made from natural fibres, mostly wool and recycled antique garments. I love the transparent quality of old cotton and the beautiful workmanship that can be found in vintage garments. A lace trimmed hankie with tiny needlepoint detail will become a faerie apron or petticoat. I like to imagine the hands that first stitched those little details, it seems appropriate somehow, in making my faeries, that the pieces come from another time.
I never tire of seeing how a scattered pile of fabric, thread and roving can come together into little creatures, each with such distinct personalities. I don't know who they will be until I’m finished embroidering or needle sculpting their tiny features.
Creating is something I’ve always done. My father is an animator and illustrator, so I grew up in a very artistic household. I studied fashion design briefly in college and later when I started traveling, I learned from artisans I met along the way. I studied needlework with the gypsy women in Karnataka, India; Thanka painting in the Indian Himalayas; and weaving in Tibet. Mostly though, I’m self taught, exploring and learning as I go.
I’m always happy to answer any questions.
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