In June 2014, Ros and Kate, friends for more than twenty years, walked to the back of Kate's garden where they sat behind the studio for a spot of lunch. Here they mused on what they might produce if they assembled their tools and united their diverse skills.
This prompted a catalogue of ideas, unifying their aim to make simple exemplary goods that can be used every day.
Kate and Ros both believe in a waste not, want not philosophy: Good materials should not go to waste, nor should fine words be forgotten.
While the list and prototypes for possible products grew, they fixed on a name for their happy new company.
source: THE SLANG DICTIONARY; OR, THE VULGAR WORDS, STREET PHRASES, AND "FAST" EXPRESSIONS OF HIGH AND LOW SOCIETY. John Hotten, 1872.
Having studied textile design at Chelsea School of Art, Ros Badger designed for her own label and became a consultant knitwear designer for a number of leading fashion houses. In 1994 Ros began the influential children’s clothing company Little Badger specialising in beautifully produced hand knitwear and Tee shirts which sold to discerning customers around the world. As the author of nine successful books, Ros now writes 'A month in the country', a making page for Country Living magazine.
Kate Owen studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London. Having a particular interest in working with words and narrative she did an apprenticeship in Letter carving in stone. The following 14 years she was self-employed as a letter carver/sculptor. During that time she collected a range of lettering tools, studied the method and craft of applying them to various materials.
Motto: "Working with lousy tools is tedious and working without humour is a chore.