Hi guys! It’s designer of the week time and our featured artist is all about playful prints and creative colourways. We were so excited to try out this Wild Child combo, which was lovingly crafted by Aimee from Little Owl Big Bear. Aimee is a busy mum of three who started sewing to clothe her boys and is quickly gaining popularity as a handmade designer to watch!
Without a doubt, my favourite feature of the ‘wild child’ crew pullover and slouch pants is the whimsy factor that comes with the awesome print and fabric choices. The ‘wild child’ top has a simple monochrome front, a leopard print design on the back, and black raglan sleeves for a modern, yet casual appeal.
The slouch pants feature a bright woodland print with orange foxes and little red mushrooms on vibrant aqua background. On the rear, you’ll find contrasting black and white stripes. The drop of these pants is super funky with a slouchy crotch (not too low… still comfy and practical) and slim legs. Little Owl Big Bear garments are made from soft cotton/elastane which is suitable for all year round. As we live in Queensland, I love the lightweight of the fabrics as they give just enough warmth without being restrictive.
The verdict… Effortless dressing with a big style payoff!
Aimee launched her label Little Owl Big Bear after she had her first two boys, Jaih Bear and the night owl Theo (she now has a third little one, Malo). She explains, “I started sewing garments primarily to deck the boys out in cool handmade threads, and secondly as a creative outlet while caring for them. I originally focused on bibs and modern cloth nappies, but I soon found a love for knit fabrics. I started creating children’s clothes and haven’t looked back. My Family is at the heart of this little handmade operation. They inspire me to keep going and dream big”.
Aimee sources fabrics from around the globe and loves coming up with funky combinations. She has a passion for creating her own clothing patterns and has started exploring with fabric design and screen printing.
Aimee grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and has loved art and craft since she was young. She explains, “I distinctly remember my mum creating amazing activities for me and my siblings. The creative souls of my mum and grandma inspired my love for all things arty. Both were sewers, and my grandma went halves in my first sewing machine when I was 17″.
Aimee holds a degree in interior design and worked for a few years in a leading architecture firm before moving to the Gold Coast (QLD, Australia). This was as a stepping stone for work and further travel. However, Aimee soon fell in love with the Gold Coast, and never left! She and her husband (her partner in crime & creator of the artwork for the signature ‘wild child’ top) will soon be moving house and setting up a dedicated studio/workshop to further their passion.
Here’s three fun facts about Aimee (in her own words):
- I am half Dutch.
- I am a twin.
- I was a competition winning swimmer all through my childhood.
Aimee is currently working in her brand new summer collection (and website). She is also taking custom orders for her wild child tops and all kinds of cool creations, as displayed on her Facebook page. Follow Aimee on Facebook or Instagram for all the latest releases (ready to ship pieces pop up regularly too).