Free embroidered illustrations with all the wobbles, threads and charm and no pencils or marking before just talent and creativity. Designer Tina Crawford brings you Tobyboo – Thread Drawn illustrations decorate a host of home and giftware. Chinaware, bags, kitchen textiles and cushions and all manufacturing is done right here in Great bloomin’ Britain! How marvelous. Tobyboo has created bespoke ranges for: The Museum of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir John Soane Museum, Mary Portas 2013 Coutts charity auction, Beautiful Boxes Tobyboo was alongside 20 other designer including Sir Paul Smith, Alex Monroe and Elizabeth Gage. “My degree was in jewellery from Central St Martins and it was an honour being involved in this project alongside jewellers to keep the craft alive”
Bringing the nursery song to life, each London church in the verse has been beautifully embroidered along with the lines in the rhyme. The popular range now includes; fine bone china pieces â€“ teacups and saucers, teapot, sugar bowl and side plates and tea towels.
A tongue in cheek, nostalgic look at the Great British holiday with a Tobyboo eye. No bunting and beach huts on this range. “We had one family holiday when I was a child, I remember long coach trips, very sad donkeys, sadder looking chalets and gulls – eating chips”
“Tina has managed to invoke memories of traditional children’s illustrations and yet kept her designs fresh and contemporary. My mind instantly thinks Beatrix Potter and A A Milne. Just beautiful”
Products in the range include: decorative sticky tape, bone china jugs, platters and egg cups, oil cloth and cotton bags, children’s art smocks and tabards, pencil cases and smaller items
‘It’s Just Capital!’ is a new line – products include bone china mugs, tea towels, giftwrap and decorative tape
With commissions from some of the countries most prestigious places, Tina is fast in demand and yet each project so unique from the last. “Tina is a treat to work with and is bursting with ideas, enthusiasm and talent. She took our brief and went to huge lengths to design exactly what we needed whilst putting her own unique stamp on the finished piece” Buyer for the Museum of London Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men – Tobyboo designed pieces to compliment the major exhibition 2012.