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Mibo is a company based in an old stable tucked away a stone's throw from the seafront in Hove.

"We started up back in 2001 with the aim of creating well designed, lasting products for the home. From humble beginnings selling lampshades at Old Spitalfields Market we soon found ourselves with orders from stores such as Liberty and the Conran shop. Since then Mibo has expanded its range, more recently developing make-at-home products for children (also very popular with adults!) which encourage them to develop their motor skills and give a quite thrilling satisfaction of turning something initially 2D into something fabulously 3D. We have also just teamed up with French company Coq en Pate to create a range of childrens' accessories."



Can you give us some key steps in your artistic career?

I studied theatre design which led to a career in set decoration, this led to me to start thinking about designing homewares; this was the start of Mibo and from there is has slowly changed into much more of a kids brand.

What led you to illustration ?

I think living in the country as a teenager with not much to do – I used to spend a lot of time painting, imaging myself as an artist…

A memory of one of your first childhood drawings which you were proud of and why?

I remembered designing a pattern at school when I was about 7. I was called in to see the headmistress so I nervously walked to her office thinking that I had done something wrong. Instead she just congratulated me on the design and it was put on display.

Your graphic universe is full of animals. What has driven this choice?

Again, I think growing up in the country has given me a huge affinity with nature. I am so intrigued and amazed but the natural world, by evolution, by how all these diverse creatures have managed to survive for hundreds of thousands of years. I find it all so mind boggling and I hope through my work to bring this wonder to the next generation. It is more precious now than ever.

We meet around a common sensitivity for ecology. What is your way to make
things change in your everyday life ?

My mother grew up during the second world war when food supplies were scarce and so she has always detested waste. I am like this as well. I cannot bear the fact that some much food gets thrown away in the UK and so I am very precise about what I buy and what I use and try not to let anything end up in the bin.

Why did you accept to be published by Coq en Pâte ?

It is rare to meet another company who share almost precisely the same principles and aesthetic values. It is easy to work in partnership when these things are in place.

If you were an animal : I would be an albatross just to glide above the world and see what’s going on

If you were a color : Bright yellow – the colour of the sun, hope, light

If you were a form : I cannot decide between and egg shape and a sphere – maybe a sphere I think, a perfect shape.

If you were a painting or a famous drawing ?

I went to see a show of Matisse’s cut outs the other day and remembered how much I liked them when I was studying art. Maybe his colours/patterns influenced me. And I love how he used such massive scissors to cut out the paper, but with such ease.

Credit / Coq en Pate - Portrait de l’illustratrice Mibo



We love Mibo’s make-them-yourself paper animals (all made in the UK using recycled paper and vegetable inks) with their subtle combination of characterful shapes and geometric patterns.

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We love a good children's book. Especially when they're as interactive as these amazing new creations by Madeleine Rogers of Mibo, just launched at The Kid Who. You may remember our previous feature on the Save Our Species animal set, one of many fabulous make-your-own paper animal sets for which Mibo are so well known and loved. Well, Madeleine has taken these sets just one step further to create a range of 3 themed books (The Polar Pack, The Jungle Crew and The Safari Set), each one starring 5 different animals living in their natural habitat. The books include 2 double page spreads dedicated to each animal, with catchy, memorable rhymes and adorable pics that will help to teach your little one all about that animal and its environment. Then, at the back, is a special secret pocket with cardboard 2d versions of the animal stars themselves - all ready to be popped out, folded and glued together to come to life in 3d!  The removable book cover is printed on the back to become the backdrop for the scene - and heh presto, you not only have a lovely educational story book and a craft activity, but a fun role-play game to play with the animals themselves that will appeal to imaginations of all ages. In addition to The Polar Pack (shown above) are The Jungle Crew and The Safari Set (below), each one as colourfully and playfully illustrated as the other:   Hours of fun for £12. They'll be on our Christmas list.

Paper toys Mibo - Christmas creatures - Mibo, Mes Habits Chéris - kidstore Mibo Printable Donwloads – Rainy Day DIY Crafts for Kids – Cheap things to make | inexpensive DIY Paper Animal Crafts from Mibo are the perfect rainy day.

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Mibo is a company based in an old stable tucked away a stone's throw from the seafront in Hove. 

"We started up back in 2001 with the aim of creating well designed, lasting products for the home. From humble beginnings selling lampshades at Old Spitalfields Market we soon found ourselves with orders from stores such as Liberty and the Conran shop. Since then Mibo has expanded its range, more recently developing make-at-home products for children (also very popular with adults!) which encourage them to develop their motor skills and give a quite thrilling satisfaction of turning something initially 2D into something fabulously 3D. We have also just teamed up with French company Coq en Pate to create a range of childrens' accessories."

We love Mibo’s make-them-yourself paper animals (all made in the UK using recycled paper and vegetable inks) with their subtle combination of characterful shapes and geometric patterns.


You will receive the templates to make all four owls, printed onto A4 recycled card, as well as full instruction. Home» Paper Craft» The Wise Guys—Paper Animals Like all of Mibo's paper range, the animals are printed onto % post .

Portrait of Mibo, designer for Coq en Pate Editions

This week Bjournal announced that Yellowave were teaming up with GMC Publishing to host a pop-up book shop this Summer. We were lucky enough to talk to one of the authors, Madeleine Rogers, about her latest release, The Sky Guys.

So tell us about yourself I am a Brighton resident. I never know quite how to describe myself when it comes to my practice because I’m halfway between a textile designer, a graphic designer and a three dimensional designer. I’m quite cross discipline in that respect.

How did you get into 3D Design? The company Mibo, which is still what I trade as, started off as doing lighting and homeware so patterned light shades and things like that. I was looking to sell my work directly and to find a way of doing that. I was a frustrated textile designer, having done TV and theatre for a while I wanted to go back to textiles for a bit. From there, strangely, I took a bit of a turn to create these animal characters which was about five years ago. It was a way of displaying some wallpaper I had designed. Instead of just hanging it on the walls I decided to make some origami animals out of the patterns. So that led me to do these animals which came as little packs that you cut out and make yourself and they came with the patterns on them. That’s what led me to doing the books.

How did that come about? The publisher, GMC, contacted me after seeing the paper animals for sale thinking it would be a really nice idea to do a book around that. I agreed, but at the time I was pregnant with twins so it took a few years before I was able to recover from that and knuckle down and create. We did three books at once and that took a while to do. That was really fun and it was nice to go into the animal’s environments a bit more. I kept it simple, non-fiction, I didn’t want to start giving them names because for me it was about very young children having their first introduction to these animals and to put them in the wild rather than in the zoo. It was very important to me to keep it simple but to be that first introduction into their world.

How long does each book take? From the very first conversation I had with GMC it was probably about two years but I’d say it was more nine months of actual work. In terms of getting the wording right and doing the page illustrations and creating the animals. They all come with pop-out animals at the end and they fold together slightly differently because I wanted to make them simpler. Hopefully there are some young children out there putting them together to make them 3D.

Can you tell me about Sky Guys? That was very exciting I think that one is my favourite. It’s an opportunity to look at the habitat really which was just looking up at the sky. Though they do settle on the ground in different places it was nice to use the sky as the linking habitat and to cherry pick the most interesting birds around the world and to find out more about their habits. Like the Flamingo and how she lays her egg on this tower of mud in the swamps. It’s nice to learn about.

It must be, especially as you have two young kids. Yes, they are starting to learn about these things as I’m illustrating them.

Have you found that they have had an influence on what you include? Definitely! My son in particular, he’s very astute and with one of the first ones that had a penguin in, the polar pack, I had a picture of a penguin with their egg on their feet because they can’t let it touch the ice. I was illustrating that and he said ‘mummy where’s the baby? You have to have the baby hatching out’ so I did do a baby penguin coming out and it made the page much more interesting.

It’s good that you have that input They’re really good, they’re quite strict they hold no prisoners!

Kids are the toughest critics! They really are! So I get it passed them and it’s fine.

When is Sky Guys out? It’s out today!

Where is it available to buy? Well, all good bookshops I guess we can say! A really good one in Brighton is Whirligig which isn’t actually a bookshop it’s a toy shop. That’s one of the interesting things about the books is that they have a cut and make element so it’s more of a craft book. It’s not necessarily sold in bookshops but also in gift shops as well and that’s where Mibo and the other products sit.

Finally, what is your favourite thing about living in Brighton? I love the variety of things you can do. Not necessarily just in Brighton but one minute you can be by the sea and fifteen minutes away you can be at Devils Dyke and then at a farm or walking along the Downs and then in a museum or eating brilliant food. It’s having everything and it’s so accessible.

Sky Guys is available to buy now and you can follow Mibo on both Twitter and Instagram and @mibostudio and check out the children’s book pop up shop at Yellowave. 

Holly Martin

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