Little Deer Blog

Stephanie Barnes - Mother to Deer Brains Blog

We first met Stephanie Barnes as a customer at The Little Deer but our similar company names (Deer Brains/Little Deer) and the fact we both live in Brighton lead us to become dear (excuse the pun) friends. 

 

Stephanie is a PR professional and mother to inspirational blog - Deer Brains which she set up in 2010 along with Sean Hammet (Now at Urban Industry), Tom Stallard (A fantastic photographer) and creative mind - Spasia. The blog grew out of a love for graphic design and was a place for Stephanie to keep her creative pursuits up. She tells us: 

'I wanted a platform to show new artists and rad things to help spark ideas within myself and the readers. The amount of love and support I've received since starting the blog five years ago is insane. 
We've been supported by some amazing places including Puma, Sailor Jerry, Sennheiser, Adidas, Popchips, Coconut Water, Elizabeth Lau, Boxpark, Live Nation etc. I am forever grateful for everything we receive and so blessed to still be so passionate and pumped about it after 5 years. It's super fun creating and supporting amazing people, brands and talents.'

Stephanie in her bangle by Rosa Pietch from our website.

Blogging has developed from a hobby to a full time, well paid job for many people over the last few years. We asked Steph what makes a good blogger: 

'We make very little money from the website, but this is pure passion project and a really inspiring beautiful one. It's like a brain diary to me. Sometimes when I need inspiration for my work or personal projects I check back on the blog and think 'YEAH this is sparking some good shit in my brain right now.' I feel that with a blog you should never have to do anything that you're not comfortable with or think will feed the masses. Stay true to yourself'

Having been a customer of The Little Deer since the beginning we asked Steph what she loves about our website:

'I think the site is fantastic, I've watched it grow over the years and Jade is on point with the information, packaging of the items and photography.  Wolf and Moon is my favourite brand on the website. I purchased the gold earrings a few years ago and wore them almost everyday until I lost one! I have quite a few items from TLD actually which I adore including a bag, a denim jacket and a lovely vintage aztec cape...good investment pieces.'

Stephanie in her Wolf and Moon Earrings

Check out the Deer Brains blog at: http://deerbrains.com/ 
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Little Deer at Netil Market

We first traded at Netil Market in Hackney over 3 years ago after a recommendation from the lovely Hannah at Wolf & Moon Jewellery. Since our first Saturday trading at the market those 3 years ago, we have seen it grow and change dramatically! 

 

Above: Bao Bar Crowds / Arma Glass Terrariums and hangings.

 

Netil has an excellent vibe every weekend and this could be largely due to the fact it is the only market in the area that you can actually sit down and relax, chat, drink, eat and enjoy your Saturday. There is a large seating area as you come into the market amongst the delicious range of food stalls, there are also a couple of roof terraces which are absolute bliss in the sunshine. 

Above: Earl Of East London, run by Paul Firmin and Niko Dafkos

The market is small....tiny to be exact (!) but has a huge range of stalls and shops making it one of the most eclectic markets we've traded at, ever. The weekly pop up stalls (which is where we trade) are surrounded by more permanent containers occupied by:

We Are Arrow (Handcrafted Jewellery)
Terrone & Co (Ancona brewed coffee)
Arma Glass (terrariums and glass wall hangings handmade by our good friend, Sarma)
The Generals Barber Shop and Bar (£4 a pint don't you know!)
Earl of East London (Lifestyle brand owned by two of the loveliest guys!)
The Market Peddler (Bike Shop)
Plato (Micro Brewery)
The worshipful Little Shop Of Spectacles (Opticians)
Victoria Yum (Cakes and sweet treats that we could quite happily eat all day, everyday!)
To name but a few...

Above: Our Little Deer Stall at the Market.

We can be found trading at the market once or twice a month, sipping on a beer, eating a cake from Victoria Yum and generally having a damn fantastic time! Keep up to date with when we are trading at Netil market on our social media platforms: Facebook / Instagram.  

All photos by Jade at The Little Deer with the exception of the first photograph which is from the Netil Market Instagram Page. 


Outfit Inspiration: 70's Festival Style

Good friend of The Little Deer and all round creative babe - Antonia shows us how she would style some items from our website. 

Antonia has teamed this striking handmade silk kimono with a casual olive top and some brown shorts (which we feel really give this outfit a 70's vibe). Finishing off the look with the Fjord Pendant Necklace in Mint by Wolf & Moon and the Salmon Pink Leather Bucket Bag by Rosie Drake Knight, just big enough to throw in your purse, phone and any other essentials! 

The Octagon shape sunglasses perfectly finish off this chilled '70's festival' inspired look. 

After the shoot (which took place in Antonias beautiful little garden in the heart of Brighton) she headed off to the seafront for a lovely evening tipple in the sun. Some days living in Brighton is pretty great! 

Octagon Sunglasses £16 
Rhea Kimono by Hearts & Guns £88 
Leather Bucket Bag in Salmon Pink by Rosie Drake Knight £40
Necklace by Wolf & Moon £25 
Top and Shorts - Antonia's own. 

South Coast Lookbook

We recently launched our Spring Lookbook 'South Coast'. As the title suggests (!) the photos were set along the south coast of England. Over a series of three photo shoots, Little Deer owner Jade photographed two models in a number of different locations, bringing together man made and natural landscapes. 

The photos feature Jewellery by Jode Pankhurt and Black Bones and clothing from LBL Boutique and our very own Vintage Boutique. All available online now here - South Coast Collection.

 

Models: Antonia Mckenzie, Jade Golding. 

Photography, styling and editing: Jade Golding


Katie Thirks - The girl behind the Instagram




We first spotted Katie on Instagam. We're always scouting new girls/bloggers to work with at Little Deer and Katie stood out to us for her bold tattoos and her beautiful baby face but most importantly Katie stood out because her Instagram is not just full of 'selfies'. Sure there's the odd one here and there but they are few and far between photos of her two beautiful kitties, well composed snaps of her lovely home, and general adventures. Katie's Instagram page has substance - and that's something we really love about it.
 
 
 
We asked Katie about her page, which currently has 12.6K followers:

 'I absolutely love Instagram. I’m a visual person and it’s nice to follow aesthetically pleasing posts.
It's a fun way to connect with other people and it's different to other social media in that it's just photos (and videos), but highly interactive. There’s lots of little communities on there and it’s really nice.'


It's not all good though, Katie tells us about how people have made fake accounts to impersonate her and she's even had her fair share of 'trolls'.

'For the most part, we obviously make conscious decisions to share only the good parts of us/our lives on social media. Some Instagram accounts come across as heavily curated and not very genuine. This can make some people feel inadequate and they compare themselves to an ideal that is impossible to achieve ­ it’s easy to forget it’s not always an accurate portrayal....The way I feel about these downsides is perfectly summed up by this scene from Portlandia (S03 E08):

Fred: Everyone on the Internet, they’re not having as great a time as you think they are.

Carrie: I guess people are just cropping out all the sadness.'

 
 
Katie is in the first stages of starting her own natural skincare business, which she describes as 'exciting, stressful and terrifying all in one.' She lives with her fiancé Josh and two rehomed(absolutely adorable) cats: Rupert and Milo who make quite a few appearances in her Insta' photos.

 
 
Katie recently worked with her friend Joseph Dawson on a laid back photo shoot at Katies house. She describes Joseph as 'an awesome lifestyle/portrait photographer with a real eye for detail.'  This boho themed shoot featured the Mermaid Lace Bralette from Little Deer (available online now - see above photo) and Katie plans to work with Joseph again in the summer on some more exciting shoots - we can't wait to see the outcome!
 
Above: Katie in the Mermaid Wide Lace Bralette by Brighton Lace, £28 online now at Little Deer.

Follow Katie at @katiethirks www.instagram.com/katiethirks

Follow Joseph Dawson at @joseph_dawson1 www.instagram.com/joseph_dawson1

All photos in this post are taken from Katies Instagram page. Last photo artwork by The Little Deer, photography by Joseph Dawson.

Danielle Tweedie - 0.05mm Fine Liner Champion

Little Deer owner - Jade, met Danielle while studying at university. After bonding over bicycles, music and a shared love of all things vintage, Danielle started helping Little Deer out at Vintage fairs and markets back in August 2011 and has since designed two fabric prints for our in-house brand 'Cordial' clothing. Danielle has also worked for Jane Bowler, Lily Kamper and has had one of her designs put into production for Illustrated People's Spring/Summer '13 collection.
Most recently she has been selling detailed line illustrations on Etsy and at Fairs around the UK. Each A5 illustration can take between 1 - 5 hours to complete and Danielle only sells originals of her work. She tells us:  
 
'The less detailed ones can be completed in about an hour if I really put myself to work (I always need a break in between as my hand aches after a while!) The full page ones take the longest, especially with a 0.05mm fine liner - again, I have a tea break every half an hour so to let my hand rest! These are the most satisfying to finish after working on them for a long time! The last few lines are always exciting.' 
 
Danielle tells us how despite it sounding cliche, the illustrations genuinely evolved from doodling in her sketchbook. 

'It was the first time I'd picked up a pen since graduating and started drawing lines over and over again. I naturally followed each line, not having too much control over each one. I created similar line drawings during my final major project at uni, which took inspiration from the data recorded on exercise apps, so I think subconsciously these influenced my illustrations too - the style almost resembles map contours and mountain ranges.'



We look forward to seeing what Danielle will come up with next. She tells us how she would like to start working on larger scale illustrations, on larger surfaces with thicker pens and possibly working on 3d objects rather than paper. 

You can purchase Danielle Tweedies original illustrations on her Etsy Page and at Outlaw Craft Fair in Bristol 2nd-3rd May 2015. You can also buy her artwork at Native Makers in Plymouth on 6th June: 

'Native Makers is run by a couple of friend's back in Plymouth who curate quality makers markets and workshops to support artisan craft in the South West. Their first market was in December last year which I took part in - the success of this inspired me to set up my own online shop and continue developing my illustrations.' 

We can't wait to see what beautiful creations Danielle comes up with next. Lot's of Little Deer love for this girl! 

Armaglass - First Generation Plant Botherer.


We met Sarma, creator of Armaglass at Netil Market - which is a weekly market in Hackney, London that we trade at on Saturdays. Sarma is there every week with a stall full of her hand crafted terrariums, glass hangings and her friend Ana: Kana Ceramics.
After swooning over her geometric, succulent wonders for weeks on end, owner of Little Deer - Jade finally decided it was time to purchase one.



Jade says: 'After spending weeks on end circling Sarma's stall and scoping out which terrarium was the 'best' I chose this medium sized glass pyramid with white pebbles. It's a great plant for me to keep at the office as it requires little attention, just a little tiny cup of water every couple of weeks and this little guy is happy.'

Sarma has recently launched her website and has begun making more glass and dried plant wall hangings.

Find her (and us!) at Netil Market, Westgate Street, London E8 every Saturday.