The Best Indie Shops Recommended by The Little Brown Rabbit

best indie shops by the little brown rabbit

The Little Brown Rabbit’s Emma Talbot Shares Her Favourite Indie Finds.

The Little Brown Rabbit’s Emma Talbot likes to make pictures & patterns. As a child, she simply couldn’t stop drawing. After winning an art competition aged 6, she decided that when she grew up, she would become a professional drawer! Her wish came true & since graduating from from Brunel University in 1997, Emma has been working as a professional illustrator.

Highly respected in her field, Emma’s work has graced some of the countries top shops including John Lewis and Liberty to name just two. With a passion for mixed media, textures, patterns & collage we knew Emma’s great eye for design would pick out some amazing independents.

We asked Emma to share her favourite independent websites and boutiques.

Little Birdy Crafts

I was introduced to this lady’s work through the renegade craft fair in London. I love the exoticness & playfulness of her work. T he bright & neon colours, mini pom poms, tassels, patterns & humour. Her designs are joyful. Her shop currently stocks cards, ceramics & pincushions.

Donna Wilson

I’ve been a fan of this lady’s work for many years now. I love the way old school knitted patterns & tweed patterns are used with quirky designs, characters & creatures. Her work is so tactile, you cannot help but want to pick everything up (& then take it home with you 😉 ). There are lots of different products available on her website, such as lambswool cushions, clothing, friendly creatures, hand painted wooden dolls, art prints & glassware.

It’s also worth mentioning that Donna is committed to using UK based manufacturers & suppliers wherever possible. Yay!

Freya Art & Design

Freya’s words & designs have a wonderful whimsical feel about them. The soft colours & sweet characters have a very heart warming & innocent feel to them.

Her cards & art prints have wonderful quotes on them such as:

‘Dream big little one, tomorrow you will move mountains.’

As well as cards & art prints, Freya now has a large amount of products available such as cushions, bags, jewellery & kitchenware. She runs her business with a strong sense of ethics & concern for the environment.

Laura Berger

Love this lady & her work! Laura is a painter & illustrator. Her cards are incredibly funny & I’ve been stocking up on them for a few years now. She also makes & paints her quirky characters too.  One day I hope to own an original Laura Berger painting!

Please do visit her website because her written words & the endearing illustrations that go with them make her cards irresistible.

Emily McDowell

I found this gal on Instagram & her handwritten words are so funny & inject joy into my day. Her company was founded on the success of just one valentines card & her business took off! As well as cards she now also sells art prints, kitchenware, bags, stationery & tattoos.

I love her art print which reads:

‘I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet’

And her belated birthday card which reads:

‘Oh crap I missed your birthday. I wish I had a great excuse like I was busy teaching life skills to at-risk youth or rescuing kittens from an abandoned mine, but really I was mostly just distracted by snacks & the Internet. So actually I’m just saying sorry for being a terrible friend. Happy birthday. Don’t hate me.’


Thank you Emma!

& don’t forget to check out Emma’s own fabulous collection.


Posted by Charlotte 14:54 17/04/15

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