With the theatre and events industries halted by coronavirus, married couple, Andy and Becca, who have both worked in the theatre their whole adult lives both locally and nationally, have decided to utilise their skills in another way to keep their family afloat.
Andy is a scenic carpenter, making sets and scenery for theatres across the UK and beyond from his Suffolk workshop. Becca runs a small touring theatre company, Spinning Wheel Theatre, and works as a set designer. Along with baby Betty and Frieda the dachshund, they are garden geeks with a particular passion for growing their own veg!
As Covid-19 has left them both without any of their usual work, they decided to use their building and design skills and combine it with their passion for gardening and being outdoors. This month they launched Larch and Loam, an online shop selling handmade wooden planters and teepees, and vintage garden accessories, as well as taking bespoke commissions.
Becca said: “Summer 2020 gave us much more time to spend cultivating and curating our little patch of earth, experimenting with building different types of vegetable planters and sourcing quirky, vintage garden accessories. We started by building some outdoor pieces for Betty’s nursery, and it went from there. Our vegetable planters, wooden teepees and commissioned pieces are handmade by Andy, and I source and style our vintage wares. Betty and Frieda provide moral support! It’s a real family business! And one that we hope to build on even after the theatre industry, and the world, return to normal!”
For more details visit: www.larchandloam.com.