Moonbrush Wood is a fantastical place from the imagination of Antoinette Bix.
Tell us a bit about the artist behind your beautiful creations.
Where to start! I’ve always had a love of the countryside and everything in it. I’ve lived in a small town in Norfolk all my life, and it’s really a great place to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. There are beautiful beaches and ancient woods to explore which inspires my art. I’ve always had a love of creating and design of any type, and love trying new things – from growing things in my garden to using the plants and flowers I grow to dye wool.
I started doing little needlefelt creations and animals after I got a kit for Christmas a few years ago. I posted some of the pictures that I took of them onto Facebook, and things kind of took off from there. It started with pocket sized dragons and quickly moved onto full size owls. I also now run classes in needlefelting and crochet at a local craft cafe in our town.
Have you always been creative or did your talent evolve over time?
I have always painted and made things. I suppose it’s like most things that you have a great interest in. When you start you are just getting to know what you can do. I have always been a creative type of person, but everything certainly has evolved over time. I don’t think I could have done a full size dragon head when I picked up the felting needles, but that’s kind of where you end up.
What is it that you enjoy most about your work?
The variety of things that I can make. I have just started doing flat felt pictures, which is a very new thing. It’s completely different from the sculptures, it’s like painting with wool. It’s also a really lovely feeling when you have presented somebody with something that they really love. There was a little girl who we saw at a few fairs around Norfolk who loved a really big bumble bee I made. She just dropped out of reality when she saw it. That kind of reaction will always be amazing!
Have you achieved anything in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?
I have a full size needle felt hare that many people have thought was either real, or stuffed! Its been my best work so far, but who knows what will come up in a years time.
Other than crafting what else do you like to do?
My fiance and I do like a wander in the great outdoors, exploring lovely surroundings, ruins and woods, and if there is a cup of Lady Grey tea and a slice of cake there then that’s even better.
I love growing veg and fruit in the garden, which I then cook and inflict on the family and anyone else who’ll accept my offerings. It can’t be too bad as everyone always come back for seconds.
We have recently moved to a house with a much larger garden which we are trying to turn into a mini nature reserve, gardening more with the wildlife in mind to attract as much as we can.
If you had to choose your favourite from your creations, which would it be?
It’s got to be the big hare, which I mentioned earlier. He’s so lovely!
What advice would you offer to someone new starting out in the craft world?
Just to do what you like best, and to practice. Be yourself and remember that it’s for the love of making and not to please everyone else. There is someone in the world for everything that you create, it’s just finding that person.
If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?
A bigger workspace with everything to hand. It’s a bit mad to have to try and find everything dotted around the house, but we are working on a studio so that will be lovely when its all done.
What do you think has helped your business the most?
A couple of things really. It went from a hobby to a business so it’s always been fun to do, it’s just I now do it a little bit more than I did. Also that no matter how many times you make the same thing they are always different in slight ways. A facial expression here, or a shape of face there, they all seem to have their own personality. It never gets tiresome because everything is different.
Has any person helped or supported you more than any other?
My fabulous fiance who basically does everything for me because he’s so ace. He may have written the answer for this question too! He busses me about to shows and classes, he books the stalls and helps set them all up, and is generally my P.A.
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I am a cheese addict, and also I had a heart operation when I was young. These facts however, are not linked 🙂
How would our readers find you?
My website is www.moonbrushwoodstudios.uk
I’m on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moonbrushwoodstudios/
Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/moonbrush_wood_studios_/
Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MoonbrushWoodStudios
I can be found almost everywhere if you search for Moonbrush Wood Studios on Google
Look out for even more lovely needlefelt creatures in the Moonbrush Wood Studio Interview in our next magazine.
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