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Meet the maker: Witshop

WitShop are Jakob Creswell-Rost and Freya Hawtin. We create design-led stationery and gifts with a paired back aesthetic, splashes of colour and a hint of wit. Our designs include calendars, recipe notecards and kitchen towels. We are both from Yorkshire but are now based on the shores of Brighton to be closer to the sea and to be a part of Brighton’s creative buzz.

We work very closely alongside each other as a collaborative team. We share ideas, allowing them to bounce between us and develop organically into a unified concept. When it comes to the practicalities we have our specialities. Jake is a great crafter with high attention to detail and extensive skills in production, Freya takes care of the artistic illustration and many other aspects including recipe experimentation.

From idea conception to the hands of our customer a great deal of time, thought and consideration is put into our work. Ideas stem from many places, an observation, a need, an interesting material, a combination of materials or a particular aesthetic that draws us. We try to create something clever, intuitive and playful, and strive to infuse an element of wit into all of our work.

The materials we select for our products are often chosen for their natural qualities. We love the look and textures of raw and natural materials. We always aim to stay true to their properties and enhance, rather than disguise, their natural features. The screen-printed Tea Towels and Napkins we produced for the collaboration with The Hepworth Wakefield are made from 100% unbleached cotton which has a great natural texture and a lovely flecked aesthetic. The printing process then provides a beautiful depth of colour with sharp illustration lines creating a perfect contrast to the natural material.

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We manufacture in the UK and have built a great network of skilled manufacturers to help us create products of the highest quality. We always strive to find manufacturers based locally, we have many contacts in out home county of Yorkshire and since being in Brighton we have developed more great contacts in the Sussex area. The Tea towels, Napkins and Rhubarb Prints we produced for The Hepworth Wakefield are all produced in Yorkshire and the Recipe Notecards are produced near our home in Brighton.

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Shop the exclusive Witshop range at The Hepworth Wakefield Shop.

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