"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution" - Albert Einstein
The Story Corner is very much a cottage industry run from my home in London. I'm mum to a boisterous 5 year old son and 5 month old daughter, as well as an adoring aunt to my two young nieces. I have been much inspired and educated, in equal measures, by the opinions that emerge from the mouths of these babes.
As children growing up in hospital grounds in Kent, my sister and I would roam the grounds and woods nearby, creating natural dens and making up fantastical stories. On returning home I would write down these tales in the dozens of notebooks I had tucked away in an old briefcase. In fact I still have these today, some are full of scribblings and hand drawn pictures and others with just a title on the front cover waiting still to be filled in.
Over the years the magic of creating stories and living in my imagination was lost to me. I realised this whilst trying to make up bedtime stories for my son or trying to write tales with my eldest niece. Realising that I needed inspiration, I looked around to try and find aids that would make me a more inventive storyteller. Trawling the internet I found some lovely story cards which, unfortunately, didn't capture the interest of my son and niece who are firm playmates so I decided to enlist the help of some gifted artists to produce some of my own.
I love the process of designing and creating a new product and it is so rewarding to watch children enjoying themselves as they play with these items in their own unique way.
Today, through a small selection of gifted artists and crafts people, I have curated items that I hope will be enjoyed by children for years to come. Items that will inspire them to be more creative with their imagination, and which opens up to them the idea that learning can also be fun.
I'm always on the lookout for artists and designer-makers to work with. If you'd like to work with us or if you produce small runs of children's products that you would like featured in the store then please do get in touch!