Edge of the Forest

Edge of the Forest is a little business, based at the edge of a Victorian forest, and inspired by its wildlife. Cat Coathup is the lady behind the brand and will be bringing her soft toys and dolls to Handmade for the first time on 10 & 11 June. We asked her more.

Tell us about your business 

My name is Cat and I am the face behind Edge of the Forest. Based in the Central Highlands of Victoria my humble studio is so close to the Wombat State Forest that I am lucky enough to share my outdoor spaces with some of the many critters that inhabit it. Everything created is inspired by the day to day happenings here and are designed to be cuddled, played with and to inspire imagination. The dolls are designed to empower children, to be a playmate and secret keeper, something to stand the test of time. The innocence of childhood has been kept in mind with the simplicity of the design with clothing appropriate for little ones. The softies are exactly that, super soft and cuddly but also great for kids with sensory issues, a middle of the night companion for newborns and toddlers and with everything being machine washable they are perfect for all ages.

What made you apply to Handmade?

I know many stall holders who have taken part in Handmade Canberra and have the most amazing thing to say about how it is run and the loyal customers that shop there. I am going through a period of trialling different locations and types of markets and am excited about Canberra and all the great things that I have heard.

What are you looking forward to most about your trip?

Being from interstate there are downsides to being away from my loyal client base but the biggest upside for me is finding a brand new audience! I adore Canberra and the culture that is ever-present and the people that I have heard are amazing supporters of handmade. I love meeting new people and cannot wait to see how they all react to my products.

What’s the best way to keep warm in Winter? 

Being from Trentham in Victoria where it snows, I am well practiced at keeping warm throughout winter and my favourite way would have to be in front of the fire with my ugg boots and a glass of wine!

Can you describe your studio/place of work?

My very humble workspace is located inside my home on the edge of the forest and overlooks part of our garden where the native critters play. There are kangaroos and possums, wombats, the odd koala and an abundance of native birds including black cockatoos, powerful owls and wedge-tailed eagles. I really am very blessed to be able to see these incredible beasts daily.


Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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