TreeFall Design was created by British designer, Manda McGrory. Following an unusual career path that includes running away with the circus, training as a carpenter and working as a bank manager, Manda discovered her true passion for all things textile whilst expecting her first daughter in 2004. An interest in traditional quilting led to a passion for fabrics and in turn to the joys of both craft blogs and online fabric shopping!
Manda produces design-led soft toys and children’s clothing. The animal toys are richly detailed and use high quality classic fabrics, creating an interesting juxtaposition between the form of stereotypical toys and their representation in textiles. Dark fabrics and classic prints are used to make each animal, with bespoke clothing tailored to each one. Typically, Manda’s attention to detail, style, and the nostalgic quality of the toys means they are enjoyed as much by adults as by children.
After her move to to the Isle of Wight in 2015, Manda took some time out to raise her children and enjoy all the beauty and the amazing lifestyle that the Island has to offer. This has not only led to an obsession with skateboarding and surfing, but also a renewed passion for nature and the land.
This passion for nature was first ignited for Manda in the years of her childhood spent living in Mudeford (just across the water from the Isle of Wight). The sense of nostalgia imbued in each toy animal comes from the colour palette of both the Dorset and the Island's coastlines, the slower way of life away from the big cities and the childlike wonder about what woodland animals secretly get up to when we look away.
The wealth of inspiration that now surrounds Manda and a desire to share it with the world, has meant that she has returned to Treefall with renewed excitement and joy.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.