Combining a love of handmade images with a bespoke digital twist, Coggle and Bear was founded in 2016 by award-winning Royal Academy of Art graduate Lucy Coggle. Her work is held in the Royal Collection as well as numerous private collections around the world
It all started when I had my hands full with a two-week old and my husband’s birthday was looming. I had no idea what to do for a present: it was bleakest January, we’d only just had Christmas, and I couldn't find anything online.
Inspiration struck - our new baby girl and her lovely big feet. I couldn’t resist making prints with them, and although my first attempt was a bit of a mess with her inky feet waving all over the place, after a while I got two good prints on a clean page. Pencil in hand, I started to sketch a baby owl around them (her nickname is ‘Owl’), snatching any moment she was asleep to get drawing.
My husband loved his little Owlet, and visitors started noticing her too. Soon friends and friends-of-friends were asking if I could do a drawing for their babies, nephews, nieces etc, and Coggle and Bear was born. Luckily it’s a bit easier for you to get your baby’s footprints onto an animal these days - no messy ink required!
founder of Coggle and Bear
the original Owlet