It is no secret that I love Instagram. Not just half-heartedly… but 100% in love with. It all comes down to the fact that I find so many talented and lovely people on there. And today’s couple who I discovered is no exception. They create the most beautiful hanging mobiles, all designed with beautiful mid-century shapes and soothing movements. I wanted to learn more about them and the couple that makes them, and luckily for us they accepted my invitation to be on the blog! So read on to meet the couple behind the brand, Fellows Mobiles.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Lydia and I make hanging mobiles with my partner, and soon to be husband, Paul.
When did you start creating mobiles and turn it in to a business?
We started making mobiles about two years ago when we had some empty corners in our home to fill. We included a mobile in an exhibition of our work last August and from there decided to turn mobile-making into a business.
How did you get the courage to take the jump and make the leap?
It has felt more like baby steps so far. I have loved kinetic art and sculpture for a long time and wanted to create something for myself. Both Paul and I love making things with our hands and were looking for ways to explore creative processes away from our computers [Paul is an Illustrator and I am a Designer by trade].
The design of your mobiles are very clean and contemporary but artistic at the same time. How did you come up with the idea?
The first time I remember seeing a modern mobile was Lily Pads by Alexander Calder [the father of the mobile] at the Guggenheim Museum in 2010. His work along with other Bauhaus and mid century artists have really influenced our work. We both love minimal design – and want to keep exploring traditional craft techniques – like steam bending – in a way the materials and techniques also influence our work.
What do you love most about what you do and why?
We love making things with our hands and working together. I love that I can get into a flow-state when making mobiles, and then that others find our work calming and helps them feel more day-dreamy – perfect!
What has been your proudest career achievement to date?
Seeing our work happily hanging in other peoples homes around the globe.
What does being wholehearted mean to you?
Following your heart and your intuition, to let it guide you to new experiences. I think everyone has their own unique talents to add to the world, so to us being wholehearted is to follow and develop those talents [whatever they are]!