Santa’s not so little helper!

 

Words: Simon Paterson

Images: Petitbooche

“Over the past few years, I have become more environmentally conscious. The toy industry is a huge contributor to the global plastic crisis. I am happy to say that none of my products contain plastic, and are all washable, which makes them sustainable”

S41 Local has the pleasure of sharing office space with a variety of local, creative, entrepreneurs. One of these talented individuals just so happens to be Jonathan Foster, aka: Petitbooche.

Petitbooche (Jonathan) is a children’s toy-maker with a difference: none of the products contain plastic!

I caught up with Jonathan earlier this month for a coffee and a chat about his business and vision for the future. When I say caught up, I mean interupted him as usual!


“I have always been a very creative, hands-on person. Whilst studying photography at Derby University, I dabbled in furniture restoration as a hobby” says Jonathan.

“5 years ago, I was honoured with the privilege of becoming godfather to two beautiful rays of sunshine, Aggie Boo and Woody Che, which is where I got my name from… Petitbooche, not Jonathan!”

“Whilst searching for a unique gift for them, I realised that I was more than capable of making the perfect gift myself, with that extra special touch. Armed with YouTube tutorials, felt and some cotton, I taught myself to sew. The kids already had a fabric tepee, so I set about making them a felt camp fire to match.”

“The whole process rewarded me with the most wonderful and simplest of joys, so much so that I decided to pursue toy-making as not only a hobby, but as a business. I have been perfecting my craft for a little over 5 years now, and was very excited when Petitbooche officially started trading in September last year”.

 

“Over the past few years, I have become more environmentally conscious. The toy industry is a huge contributor to the global plastic crisis. I am happy to say that none of my products contain plastic, and are all washable, which makes them sustainable”

“All of the toys I make are safety tested to CE standards. I aim to make bright, colourful, interactive toys for babies and toddlers. I believe imaginative play is very important in a child’s development, and I always have that in mind when designing my next piece” Jonathan explains.

“As I stand right now, I am a very small and immensely fresh venture, but one thing I can promise is that as long as I create even half the things that I can imagine, there will be plenty more to come!”

Jonathan makes a variety of toys, ranging from vegetable patches, to tool belts, and constellation wall banners. His Christmas collection includes mince pies, carrots and Christmas trees!

Please contact Jonathan on petitbooche@outlook.com with any bespoke requests.

Jonathan’s products are available to buy at: www.petitbooche.co.uk