Bonbi Forest is this here website, a home of sorts to all of the artwork and wares made by artist Lee May Foster-Wilson (hello! that’s me by the way). I am a graduate in BA Hons Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton in England, UK. All of my screen printed designs and jewellery have their roots in my drawings and paintings which feature many a critter, creature and scape of trees, sea and sky. I live by the sea in a rural part of deepest darkest Cornwall in the far south-west of England and in my work I like to explore patterns, rhythms and stories, and the connection of people to nature. The wild world shapes us and we shape it. You will see that I like shapes and I like colours.
In the past I have worked with Bat For Lashes, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Urban Outfitters and my jewellery and clothing has been seen in Grazia, Look, Marie Claire, Vogue, The Guardian and The Sunday Times Style amongst many others.
All Bonbi Forest screen printed designs are printed at my studio here in Cornwall. They are hand screen printed onto the fabric using water based inks which are kinder to the environment than the ‘Plastisol’ inks used by many large manufacturers. Water based inks don’t have that plasticy feel that plastisol inks have either. They are completely washable and after one wash feel really soft and lovely in the fabrics.
The nice thing about hand printed goods is that they have a unique touch and each print is ever so slightly different, a work of art in itself. The hand that made the print can be seen in the outcome and keeping that quality is a nod to the printing days of yesteryear, before machine printed goods and mass manufacture.
All of my clothing designs are printed on American Apparel who have a vertically integrated factory in the USA. While the garments have to travel a long way to get here to be printed, the same can be said for many other items we buy and wear from lots of other companies. Using American Apparel I know that the clothes are very good quality and the people making them get a fair wage, good working conditions and benefits from American Apparel. For more information about American Apparel’s mission statement, please visit their website: http://americanapparel.net
My Scarves are printed in the same way as my clothing on Fair Trade scarves which are imported from India by a recognised Fair Trade and BAFTS registered importer.
My jewellery designs are an extension of my artwork in other areas and are another way for me to play with colour and shapes. I am a proper magpie and love the jewellery making process as much as I love to paint and draw and print! When I come up with new designs I make as many of them as I can possibly get the supplies for. Sometimes I can only make a few and other times I can make lots and lots and lots. I like to mix new and vintage components and have recently begun manufacturing my own pieces with custom cut shapes and hand applied images…
Away from work and such I am very much interested in the equine sport of Dressage in which I have competed for a number of years. I no longer have my own horse (I sold the wonderful Lauder a few years ago…sob!) but am lucky enough to ride a little black beauty of a horse called Donna Pia and over the years I have been lucky enough to loan and ride numerous others over time. I am not a pro by any means but have been fairly successful over the years and love it so much, it’s as much a neccessary part of my life as making things is.
I have a wonderful beau called Mark who is quite the talent at making websites. He put this here site together for me and has made many other fantastic places of internet interest. If you are after a website of your own he comes highly recommended (not that I am biased or anything) and you can see his creations and contact him over at pensandpencilsandpens.com
Earlier this year (2013) a beautiful little red head baby entered our lives! She’s called Ruby Evelyn and as cheesy as it sounds is my best creation to date!
Please don’t use my images without my written permission. If you would like to have Bonbi Forest images for your own projects, whether personal or professional please contact me and we can discuss your requirements further. All images on this site and my personal images on my blog are ©Lee May Foster-Wilson/ Bonbi Forest
I am always looking for more stockists so if you have a store and are interested in stocking Bonbi Forest goodies, please get in touch! More info can be found on the Contact page…
Bonbi Forest can be found stocked in the following stores of delight:
The Shop Floor Project: www.theshopfloorproject.com
Anorak Magazine Shop: www.anorak-magazine.co.uk
Tyto Boutique, Discovery Quay, Falmouth: www.tytoboutique.co.uk
All Things Original: www.allthingsoriginal.com
The Make Lounge: Islington, London: http://www.themakelounge.com
Kirsteen Stewart Studio: Kirkwall, Orkney: www.kirsteenstewart.co.uk
Soma Gallery: Clifton, Bristol: somagallery.co.uk
Gallery @ 500ft: Lynton, North Devon
Plaisir, Biggar, South Lanarkshire www.plaisirshop.co.uk
Love Jewels, Ayr, South Ayrshire
Space, Penzance, Cornwall
The Green Apple: www.the-green-apple.co.uk
Bijoux, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland
Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, North Devon: www.burtonartgallery.co.uk
Ginger Pickle: www.gingerpickle.co.uk
Yorkshire Sculpture Park: www.ysp.co.uk
Birds of a Feather, St Ives, Cornwall
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts, Cambridge: www.cambridgecrafts.co.uk
The Snug, St Clears, Carmarthenshire
The White Room SE4, Crofton Park, London
Artsy Modern: www.artsymodern.com
Inkororin, Osaka, Japan
You can also follow my musings on Twitter: www.twitter.com/BonbiForest
and befriend Bonbi Forest on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bonbiforest
I also have a shop on Indie Wonder mall Etsy (where my items can be bought in $ USD): www.bonbiforest.etsy.com
I am also on Instagram. Find my feed by searching bonbiforest.
If you have any further questions, email me: email@example.com