DRAWINGS OPEN WORLD OF WONDER CHARACTERS SPARK IMAGINATION
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.