DRAW­INGS OPEN WORLD OF WON­DER CHAR­AC­TERS SPARK IMAG­I­NA­TION

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh For more in­for­ma­tion: wellyswon­ders.com.au

TALES of grow­ing up in Wales, in­clud­ing a friend­ship with ac­tor Richard Bur­ton, helped shape the il­lus­trated char­ac­ters in the Welly’s Won­ders range of chil­dren’s clothes and ac­ces­sories.

Cre­ated by artist and an­i­ma­tor Adam Mur­phy and his wife Demelza Haines, the char­ac­ters fea­ture in art prints, cards, cloth­ing and a book and are de­signed to en­cour­age chil­dren to live in a world of imag­i­na­tion and ad­ven­ture.

The cou­ple say Welly’s Won­ders, named af­ter their two-year-old son Llewellyn (Welly), also aims to teach chil­dren ways to love, be kind and imag­ine.

Mur­phy, who has worked on films such as The Lion King, Aladdin, The Lit­tle Mer­maid, Lady and the Tramp, Bambi, and Lilo & Stitch, says it’s all about let­ting chil­dren step back in time.

“Demelza saw that these kind of clas­sic char­ac­ters were re­ally miss­ing in to­day’s cur­rent mix and started float­ing these ideas with me,” Mur­phy says.

“We wanted to go back to tra­di­tional, gen­tle tales and sto­ry­telling.”

Mur­phy says all the char­ac­ters – Jenk­ins the Hare, Mor­gan the Mis­chievous, Great Un­cle Tenby, Bur­ton the Brave and The Trav­el­ling Tal­bots – are based on Demelza’s fa­ther’s sto­ries of grow­ing up in Wales.

“His close fam­ily friend was ac­tor Richard Bur­ton and Jenk­ins the Hare and Bur­ton the Brave are kind of based on him (Jenk­ins be­ing Bur­ton’s real fam­ily name),” Mur­phy says.

“Bur­ton is the real show­man and Jenk­ins is more the gen­tle, every­man char­ac­ter.

“Mor­gan, based on Demelza’s child­hood, is a very strong willed, in­de­pen­dent, young bunny who longs to ex­plore the world.”

Re­ac­tion to the col­lec­tion has been pos­i­tive, he says: “Par­ents see it and in­stantly recog­nise some­thing from their own child­hood ... we’ve tried to cre­ate a last­ing thing.”

Welly’s world ... Llewellyn (Welly) with a Be Dar­ing il­lus­tra­tion. The Be Bold print, above right, is ideal for a nurs­ery or chil­dren’s bed­room.

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