Ink & Honey is one of the loveliest little companies I have come across in a long time. I am just going to say it – I simply love everything about it (even the website itself is just so perfectly executed, I wished it was mine…). Sarah Towill (we were introduced by an old friend of mine, Sophie, who I literally hadn’t seen in almost 20 years, who is Sarah’s sister-in-law…). I am not going to lie, when Sophie first got in touch and explained that Sarah designs Christmas baubles with children’s faces on, and wondered whether I would like some of Tabitha and Marlow, I was a little dubious/tense! On paper that just sounded really naff to me (sorry, just being honest!). So I took a quick look on the website to be polite, and I was just blown away, right from the home page! And I couldn’t have been more off the mark! Not only did I LOVE the baubles (I mean…), but the prints (not just children’s portraits, but flowers, hand written quotes, even houses…), and don’t even get me started on the custom notecards !! All with the same whimsical charm, which I absolutely adore. And I am pretty sure you will too.
The founder, the lovely, and super-talented Sarah is hugely inspired by her life spent with her three small children in Cornwall, and loves the simplicity and charm of childrens’ illustration. Through her custom illustrations Sarah is passionate about capturing a likeness and a spirit in her works and treasures the opportunity to create something special for each and every client (I for one felt that she put so much into getting the illustrations just right, and cared passionately about even the tiniest of details – I’m ‘a details’ person myself, so loved that!). She asked me to send through a few photos of Tabitha and Marlow (and me – I couldn’t resist the idea of an illustration of me, something I’d never had done before), and I was so thrilled with what she came back with.
Sarah’s work includes custom portraits, hand lettering commissions and notably her illustrated baubles which have proven incredibly popular. I am more than happy to admit (on this occasion anyway!!) that I was wrong!
ps: oh and I was very pleasantly surprised about the prices too. I’m already thinking, beautiful bespoke Christmas pressies…