About the Hare
In 1973, the year before I was born, my great grandfather, L.J. Manners wrote ‘An Acre of England: A Countryman looks back’. The book which he wrote and illustrated, is a look back of the life and times of his beloved part of England, Minety in Wiltshire. His own Acre of England, or more specifically the 10 Acres which made up his home, The Moor Farmhouse, are researched and documented in my Great Uncle, R.H.E.Manners family history last year. The Manners family ...
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In 1973, the year before I was born, my great grandfather, L.J. Manners wrote ‘An Acre of England: A Countryman looks back’. The book which he wrote and illustrated, is a look back of the life and times of his beloved part of England, Minety in Wiltshire. His own Acre of England, or more specifically the 10 Acres which made up his home, The Moor Farmhouse, are researched and documented in my Great Uncle, R.H.E.Manners family history last year. The Manners family (my grandmothers maiden name) lived and worked on the land for centuries.
As a wreath maker I am interested in the unity and perpetual nature of the circlet, or ring. It stands for the complete circle we all experience through life, it has no begining or end. The wreath represents unity, the circle of life and traditions passing down the generations. The most important part of the year in a country parish was Harvest and the Harvest wreath carried a significance even greater than the Christmas wreath. It symbolised abundance, continuity, the reward for the hard years work and the certainty of the year to come. Mother’s would have taught daughters the art of wreathmaking and women would have sat round tables to craft them collectively, sharing family stories and tales. Round his neck my Hare wears a collar of brambles, bracken, horse chestnuts and rosehips, anything you may have found in and amongst Grandpa Leonard’s Acre of England. My cotswold heirloom of my country families past lives.
My Hare is dedicated to the Memory of Mrs Pamela J Savage, formerly Pamela Manners, Leonard Daughter and my Nana Pam, whom we lost last year. God rest her soul.
My background is in crafts and I have a 3D design degree from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (William Morris slightly more famously attended, some years before myself!) I taught for ten years before the birth of my son who has Special Needs. After my daughter was born I ...
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My background is in crafts and I have a 3D design degree from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (William Morris slightly more famously attended, some years before myself!) I taught for ten years before the birth of my son who has Special Needs. After my daughter was born I wanted to return to work and use my skills but I couldnt see how to be fully available for my children AND pursue creative work. Then in 2015, I decided to make my own wedding flowers as I was shocked by the prices of fresh ones which would only be seen for a few hours. I decided to make artificial arrangements which could be made up well before the big day (my children were 4 months old and 5 years old with Special Needs at this point so time was an issue) I bought lots of bits and pieces to style the wedding as well and posted photos of everything on Social Media. I began getting positive comments about the styling and ended up selling all our props, including the artificial flowers, on line. Long after the flowers sold out I was still recieving messages from people asking about them so I decided to buy some more wholesale artificial flowers and make up bouquets etc this time specifically to sell. As it headed towards Christmas ’15 this started to slow down so I considered some out of season floristry options and began making Artificial Christmas Wreaths to post and hopefully sell on Facebook. A year later at Christmas I had sold 50 to friends and family, other mums in the playground, and maybe a dozen or so ‘people we don’t even know’ from Christmas Markets and fairs. That new year I was in bed with a cold and almost exhaustion! A lady contacted me on FB to ask if I’d make a flower wreath similar to the Christmas ones but all flowers and foliage, for her wedding. She was thrilled with it and our FB following grew and grew. 3 months later, I had a FB msg from a lady called Charlotte Valentine, saying she was one of the UKs top interior bloggers and she thought I’d do well on Instagram. She suggested I send her one of our floral wreaths, appropriately named The Charlotte Wreath after my toddler daughter. I, being sceptical, looked her up on IG, and was pleasantly surprised! If you look her up today you’ll see she has approx 105k followers! So I joined Instagram and sent her a wreath. What harm could it do? I had about 10 followers when her wreath arrived the next day. She showed stories of herself opening the box and putting it up on display. Ping! Ping! Ping! My phone kept going off! Within 24 hours I had over 1000 followers! The rest is history as they say. Today we have just over 18k followers between FB and IG, most of my orders are from IG and in the last 6 months we’ve taken 300 orders. I’ve made bouquets for society weddings in Dubai, sent wreaths all over the globe, created by hand the wreaths and runners for well known shops and businesses in Cirencester. We now run wreath making days out at Rendcomb and also sell wreath making kits. It’s really taken off. I love making something so traditional which is no longer limited to lasting the lifespan of fresh flowers. I am able to make wreaths that will last indefinitely and be enjoyed for year’s to come.
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