Meet the designer
Hi I'm Dee, an award-winning botanical jewellery designer and self-taught artist living and working on the south west of Scotland. I personally design, make and paint every piece within my bespoke collection of nature inspired jewellery, illustrated stationery and artwork.
Renewed by the changing seasons, I find inspiration in the forests that surround my home, compiling ideas, and beautiful moments to capture in my newest creations.
My work is a subtle blend of ever-evolving techniques that all stem from my nature obsession and wild curiosity.
In 2018 I won the Theo Papitis Small Business Sunday award and subsequently went on to attend my first Trade Show sponsored by Theo himself. My botanical jewellery and illustrated stationery is now stocked in over 20 boutique gift shops around the UK.
Lets start at the beginning
I grew up on the North East coast of Fife, surrounded by beautiful forests, nature trails and grassy meadows; all just a stone throw away from the coast along the river Tay. It was here, while collecting acorns from the woods and shells from the beach that I fell in love with nature.
After studying Animal Biology and Conservation at Edinburgh Napier University and graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2009, I went on to work in conservation on an endangered species breeding program. A change of direction in 2012 and the need for a more creative career is what made me start work on my own small business.
Now settled on the west coast of Scotland, in a peaceful town by the Galloway hills, I have grown my ideas from a tiny seed of thought to a fully flourishing, beautiful brand that I'm truly proud of.
"Walking amongst the trees, searching in the undergrowth, and being surrounded by wildlife is where I truly feel at peace. The ever-changing forests bring an abundance of inspiration all year long. I can’t help but collect fallen acorns, crispy lichen and swirling sycamore seeds. Each foraged token has a story to tell, a memory that pleases my soul, and these are the moments I want to capture in my work, to share with you the charm and serenity that nature can bring." - Dee Leslie
On the Blog
In 2021 I decided to share even more of what I love and so I started The Butterfly and Toadstool Blog.
Here you can learn more about the flowers that inspire me, my favourite sustainable gift ideas as well as fun and useful DIY projects. So why not jump in now and se what nature has to offer!