Nettlefold was founded by Zoe Wheeler – a lover of the outdoors, of nature and wildlife, with the aim of creating products that bring a smile to your face, reminding us of the magic of childhood
After losing her Mum quite suddenly and unexpectedly, she found herself in her childhood home ‘Nettlefold’ saying goodbye not to just her beloved Mum, but also to her safe place, her sanctuary, her roots; a home to so many special memories.
When clearing out the loft, reflecting over her childhood, she unearthed pages and pages of poems penned by her wonderful Grandad, Lawrence Wheeler, on his trusty old typewriter.
Grandad (or Fuf as she affectionately named him) was a hobbying poet and wrote the most beautiful words for her when she was a child, inspired by their times together playing in the British countryside. Fuf conspired with Zoe’s Godmother Heather, an accomplished artist, who painted some beautiful artwork to accompany a collection which they gave to her, as a leather-bound book when she was 5 years old.
The discovery of this battered old book and pages of happy words was made all the more poignant as Zoe was expecting her first baby, the start of her own little family. As she said goodbye to one part of her life a whole new chapter was beginning.
She was overtaken by the urge to bring the words and pictures of these magical childhood moments back to life to share with others. So with that in mind she curated a selection of some of her most favourite lines, accompanied by some finessed versions of Heather’s wonderful illustrations to create a collection of prints and notelets that celebrate the beauty and innocence of childhood.
“I do hope Fuf’s words bring as much pleasure to you and your children as they did to me, and as I know they will for me and my little boy.” – Zoe x