This year we’ve launched an exciting a new feature for our Facebook followers called #ArchiveSundays
One of the most special things about the Flower Fairies is their history and heritage, so on the last Sunday of each month we will be sharing some exclusive finds from deep in the archives – from original sketches and covers to interesting history and facts about Cicely Mary Barker herself.
This brand new collection of ceramic, textile and figural gifts features the enchanting Flower Fairies, originally drawn by Cicely Mary Barker. Available from Border Fine Arts Contemporary, the gifts will ‘fly off the shelves’!
The first Flower Fairies illustrations were published in 1923 and combined accurate drawings of flowers – often based on Cicely’s studies at London’s Kew Gardens – with fairy images based on real children who attended her sister’s nursery school.
Border Fine Arts designers have been inspired by Cicely’s wonderful Candytuft and Gorse illustrations and by adding a contemporary twist using pastel pink and bright yellow backgrounds, have created a beautiful collection featuring tea sets, scarves and umbrellas.
D-Miracle, a Japanese partner, have created a range of Porcelain Art Transfer Stickers featuring the Flower Fairies.
Decorating porcelain items is an increasingly popular hobby in Japan. Known as porcelain art, this handicraft involves transfering images on to porcelain and glass objects that are then fired to create personally unique items.
Now, sweet Flower Fairies porcelain art transfer stickers are available. The completed pieces make wonderful interior items and can even be used as tableware. Why not try your hand at creating your very own Flower Fairies porcelain art?
Skillman, a Japanese partner, have created range of Flower Fairies items for personal name seals (in Japanese, ‘inkan’), including the seals, seal cases, and stamping mats.
The name seal not only has a Flower Fairies design on the side, but also includes a flower within the stamp design itself. Every time you stamp your name with this seal, it is sure to brighten your spirits! The seal case and the stamping mat are also personalised, so you can create your very own name seal set.
49 and Market, a paper goods wholesaler specializing in high-quality products to fit the needs and wants of today’s crafters, have created a beautiful range of papers using designs, patterns and fairies from Flower Fairies of the Spring.
These are available in the US and Canada, and you can see the full set on their website at 49andmarket.com
Classic art depicting beautiful dancing fairies reminiscent of the England of yesteryear and additional colouring pages make up a wonderful new Flower Fairies Art Book out now from the publisher Impress in Japan.
Enjoy studying the intricately detailed original art of each of the Flower Fairies, then turn to the colouring pages to colour to your heart’s content and enter your very own Flower Fairies world. Included at the back are special postcards that are only available with this book.
Why not treat yourself?
King & McGaw’s new collection of vintage Flower Fairies prints and canvases are now available.
Chiming nicely with the fairy tale theme at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, the beautiful vintage prints combine a fantasy world with real botanical accuracy. In the most faithful reproduction since they were originally published in 1923, this collection of the much-loved illustrations will instil a sense of magic and charm into your home.
The Flower Fairies are being reimagined by Taylors of Harrogate, whose lovely new magazine adverts pay homage to them.
Created by Croydon illustrator Cicely Mary Barker, each fairy is in charge of looking after a particular plant and singing a poem to it every day; Barker used children from her teacher sister’s nursery school as models, who posed patiently in a homemade flower fairy costume with the corresponding plant in their hand (though the plant was always a bit larger than to scale in the final illustration).
At Taylors HQ, many of the team grew up with the Flower Fairies – and it’s probably no surprise that people who work for a tea company identify with the little fairies’ jobs as caretakers of wonderful botanicals. So they drew a touch of inspiration from them when they teamed up with Kew Gardens on their range of fruit and herbal teas. And in working with Flower Fairies publishers Penguin Random House they found a striking coincidence.
When Barker couldn’t find a particular plant herself she would enlist the help of experts at nearby Kew Gardens. Her own close relationship with the botanical gardens is one that mirrors Taylors, as they worked together some 90 years after the flower fairies first flitted into the world! Find out more at taylorstea.co.uk