Creating cute ceramics and other delightful treasures, Kelly White, the great mind behind The Storybook Rabbit fills her days with a great love of bunnies, vintage ceramics and warm fuzzy feelings. Coming from a family of creatives and animal lovers Kelly has always been interested in connecting the two, and it was when she got her pet bunny Juno that the concept of The Storybook Rabbit came to life...
"She was so small and cute with these huge ears and I couldn't stop drawing her. My sister suggested I start a side project (from our jewellery brand we do together, Made By White) using my drawings." Combined with Kelly's love of all things vintage she started creating one of a kind wall plates, brooches and other lovely bits and bobs.
Currently living in Sydney Kelly surrounds her self with all the things that inspire her, "We have lots of rabbit chewed furniture, piles of crochet granny rugs and hundreds of vintage forest animal figurines." We were lucky enough to have a chat with Kelly about her lovely bunny Juno and what inspires her work...
What do you love most about creating for The Storybook Rabbit?
I really love the fact each piece is truly one of a kind and that I can create that special plate that really speaks to the future owner. I let the plate tell me what character it should hold and what sentiment I should create. There really is nothing prettier than vintage china, except maybe vintage china with a bunny merging into a little meadow, in front of a tiny cottage, amongst the flowers in a garden...you get the idea.
What inspires you?
My own pets especially, Juno the 5 year old rex rabbit (who completely rules our house) and our 2 year old French Bulldog, Wilfred. They are the funniest little fur people you will ever meet. I'm also inspired by love, travel, sentimentality, nostalgia, friendship and forest creatures. Let just say if it's cute, i'll draw it and if it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling, my job is done.
Where is your favorite place to go in Sydney?
Any of the many op-shops I regularly scour for goodies, Cookies+Milkin Newtown for afternoon treats and The Finders Keepers Markets to sell my things to lovely people.
What was the best thing about being a kid?
Making things from mums' fabric scraps, christmas still being exciting, school holidays and sleep overs.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a vet or a creative of some sort. I knew I would never do the years of uni to be a vet, so now I am a designer of all things cute and bunny illustrator on the side. What more could I ask for?
If Juno your pet rabbit was to visit the queen, what would she wear?