My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

Jane Foster has been a design hero of mine for some time now, 13 years to be exact. Her screen prints and illustrative work is simple, bright, bold, stylish and beautiful, it always puts a smile on my face.

 

My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

 

I walked around the house and rounded up as many bits of Jane’s work that I could find to share with you.

Jane Foster

I discovered her via Ebay circa 2003/4 we both lived in Brighton, a fact I didn’t discover until later. Back then I bought two of her handmade vintage fabric cushions and began following her creative design story.

Quite by chance around the same time, my sister-in-law gifted me a pretty purse for my birthday, it was made by Jane Foster. We were keeping our love of Jane’s work in the family!

 

My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

 

Later we both moved West, Jane to Devon, me to Dorset. We started families. Jane gave up teaching music and began single handedly growing her handmade design business. I started blogging and refound my love of sewing, I found a part time job making costumes.

 


Success doesn’t come with luck, it comes with hard work and not giving up.


 

Fast forward a few years and today my family, drink out of mugs with Jane’s designs on them, we use Oven gloves with her designs on them. I have a stuffed cat I adore that sits on my office desk. I buy mugs as gifts with her brilliantly designed and fun interpretations of the Zodiac signs on them.

Check out mine, I’m a Libran, the mug has a monkey on it! Oh how we giggled at that one…

 

My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

 

Jane also designed a little sausage dog for Mollie Makes magazine in 2013. I haven’t sewn mine up but I still treasure it…

 

My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

 

Then in 2014 went on to win the Established Business Award. This year she was a judge on the panel for the same awards. She has written many colourful children’s books too. You can see more on Jane’s web site.

 

My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

 

 

I love that she has a self portrait as her brand logo, dont you?

 

My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

 

These are a few of my favourite Jane Foster things

My favourite things are the items I bought in the early years, the products I know Jane made with her own hands. I imagine her probably staying up late at night to stuff and sew and package her products, then getting up early to do the school run. Success doesn’t come with luck it comes with hard work and not giving up.

 

My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

 

I take my hat off to Jane, she started her design career late in life (in her late 30’s) I’m hugely inspired by her story it proves that it’s never too late and to always follow your heart. I for one am so glad she did.

I even found the Jane Foster knitting bag that I use as a handbag…I love this one so much it even featured in this post

5 Over 50 June 50 shades of Monochromatic

 

Thanks to Jane my life and my kitchen shelves are a little brighter. Right I’m off to fill that gorgeous pink mug with tea…

My Design Heroes Pt1 Jane Foster

PS…

One big favour to ask of you before I sign off for today … will you vote for me please? I have been nominated for an special award.

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Bestest wishes to you and yours

 

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8 Comments

  1. 7th September 2017 / 14:56

    Wow I love her designs. They’re so distinctive. So good to see Jane has seen your post!
    I’ve voted for you already… good luck xx

    • 7th September 2017 / 18:24

      Hello and Thank you lucy! Isnt she genuinely nice?
      bestest and thank you for the vote!
      Ash xxx

  2. 7th September 2017 / 10:44

    What a wonderful post, I love her designs and I adore your lion bag! x

    • 7th September 2017 / 13:15

      Hi Natasha yes she is awesome indeed!
      best Ashley x

  3. Carolynsallhandnade
    4th September 2017 / 09:09

    She is a very talented and inspiring lady. I haven’t heard if her before but I shall certainly look at her website. Thank you Daisy, I love your blogs and also follow you o Instagram. I have just started to get back I to my blog but it is slow going! Take care x

    • 4th September 2017 / 10:50

      Hi Carolyn Thank you for popping in to say Hi, Jane is amazing isnt she?
      blogging is much harder than it looks, lots of work too, but lots of fun along the way!
      Good luck have a super week
      Ashley xxxx

  4. 3rd September 2017 / 23:26

    Thank you so much for this super blog post! I feel so happy to have just come across this and can’t quite believe you’ve been following my journey all these years. Please email me your address so I can send you some more goodies for your collection.
    Have a great week,
    Love Jane x

    • 4th September 2017 / 10:49

      Oh my goodness Jane is that really you!!?
      You have made my year!
      Yes I suppose you can say I have been stalking you for years!!
      bestest wishes
      Ashley xx