About

Liesl van der Hoven from Fairy Caravan
Creating magical childhood moments

My name is Liesl van der Hoven and I am an artist and storyteller – and the owner of Fairy Caravan.

I’ve made it my mission to create toys and decor that are beautiful to look at, stimulating to creative young minds, and safe and robust enough for children to play with.

To add to the fun I also write stories about our toy characters for young children to enjoy. It is my wish that these stories will encourage children to dream and to play.

I have a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University. I’ve also studied Graphic Design and completed several courses in children’s book writing and illustration.

I absolutely love the magic of telling stories with pictures

Once upon a time, I started thinking about what would happen if children’s book illustrations were brought to life in three dimensions… and that’s when the adventure of Fairy Caravan began!

All of the Fairy Caravan products start off as drawings made by me, and I prefer drawing by hand on paper. Once I have completed an illustration and scanned it to my computer, it is time to have it printed on fabric.

From here on my team helps me to create our special Fairy Caravan magic, by sewing the printed fabric into our signature handmade toys.

Meanwhile, I write stories about these characters to share with our little Fairy Caravan Friends! I also add more illustrations showing the adventures that the characters get up to in the stories.

I care deeply about children and our impact on the environment…

We always strive to use only the best quality materials for our products. All of our fabric products are made from 100% cotton to ensure that sensitive young skins only come into contact with natural fibers.

We care about the impact that our products have on the little people who use them as well the impact our manufacturing processes have on the environment.

We use a printing process that is safe for the young children who come into contact with our products, because the inks are water-based and non-toxic. The footprint of our printing process on the environment is also very small, as the inks are bonded to the fabric with heat, which not only makes our products washable and colourfast, but also means that no harmful chemical processes are needed after the fabric has been printed.

Our values:

We strive for excellence in everything we do. This means that we provide:

  • exquisite craftsmanship
  • magical experiences
  • and exceptional service

To every person and child who enters the world of Fairy Caravan!