CHICAGO, IL – Ultimate Source, Inc. Ultimate Source is excited to announce their partnership with the Estate of Cicely Mary Barker and Penguin Random House to introduce the NEW Flower Fairies Secret Garden Collection. This brand-new miniature gardening product line includes 8 Flower Fairies, multiple accessories, and planter kits to create your own real or imaginary miniature garden. With all the diverse ways to decorate your garden, it’s easy to collect, create, and imagine your Flower Fairies world.
Ultimate Source Sr. Manager, Joyce Sprau, has this to say about the product line, “I saw a gap in the market for a Fairy Garden product line specifically designed for kids. The challenge was to find the right license because children need a story and characters that they can relate to. I found the perfect harmony through the stories of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker.”
These Flower Fairies are unlike any other miniature garden item on the market, as they are made with durable plastic and they are safety tested for children ages 6 and over. Children can choose to create their real miniature garden using live plants or create an imaginary garden with foam moss and silk plants designed perfectly for the Flower Fairies world. Once they design their own scene, children can continue to play, imagine, and re-create the Flower Fairies stories.
The Fairies emerge along with the flowers at King John’s, and this popular fairy hunt gets the children excited, inquisitive and imaginative as they wander around the garden looking for little fairy doors. This year the event will be combined with a special spring watch day on Saturday 15th April. There will be the various activities for children to watch and learn about nature in spring time and do the fairy hunt. There will also be a fairy tea in the cafe to re-energise after the hunt!
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?
A Flower Fairies Festival is being held in Croydon in June this year, birthplace of Cicely Mary Barker, as part of the Croydon Heritage Festival.
Part of the Friends of Park Hill Park’s preparations included the re-dedication of the Cicely Mary Barker Garden within the park, including a memorial plaque featuring some of her timeless Flower Fairies illustrations.
The festival has had a wonderful response in the local press and social media, including activities such as natural trails, a Flower Fairy Walled Garden (using Flower Fairies illustrations to help children identify specific plants and flowers), a professional story telling session, and the launch of a creative illustration and writing competition for participating local schools.
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.
This year, Transport for London and the London Transport Museum have been celebrating the ‘Year of the Bus‘ – a series of engaging events, exhibitions, recreations and activities that will reconnect Londoners with their bus network and remind the world of the incredible role it plays in this great city.
As part of this, TfL with Wild In Art have created four Bus Sculpture Trails around London, creating free public art trails of bus sculptures, painted and adorned by well-known and aspiring artists.
A Flower Fairies bus forms part of the Croydon Bus Sculpture trail, painted by artist Michelle Heron and sponsored by the Whitgift Shopping Centre. Cicely Mary Barker was born in Croydon, forming a lovely link between the town and artwork. The bus can be viewed in situ at the Whitgift Shopping Centre, and it’s hoped that lots of people will be sharing photographs of this and the other buses via social media networks – you can view and share photos on Twitter using #yearofthebus
In early 2015, the bus sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for three charities: Kids Company, Transaid and the London Transport Museum. Find out more at tfl.gov.uk
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
The Sand Sculpting Australia team returned to Frankston Waterfront with their largest exhibition yet – ‘Story Land‘.
Each hand crafted sand sculpture depicted a much loved classic or modern story book character; everyone was wowed by detailed sand sculptures featuring the likes of Harry Potter, Angelina Ballerina, Spot the Dog, Mr. Men and Little Miss, Angry Birds, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Postman Pat and so many more Penguin Books titles – including our own beloved Flower Fairies!