This month's cover art: Scott Wotherspoon

November 26, 2019

 

“I was lucky enough to cut my teeth working in London at some top design agencies,” says this month’s cover artist Scott Wotherspoon. “Eventually I found myself specialising in packaging design where I was working on global projects for the likes of Benson and Hedges (this was the late 90s after all), Budweiser, Mars, Heal’s, Unilever, Stella Artois, Microsoft, Virgin and more.”


After contributing some drawings to Dazed and Confused and Wallpaper* magazines, a chance meeting at a Christmas party led to Scott being represented in the UK and States as an illustrator. “I packed in the nine to five,” he says, “bought myself a desk and Wacom tablet for home, and spent several years commuting to New York to work with the modern-day Mad Men.”


In 2004, Scott and his wife Elisabeth also started Wickle. “Originally we designed, and wholesaled perfumes, toiletries and quirky eco-conscious gifts. We got some good stockists in Europe and America and as far afield as Australia and Japan. And then our daughter was born and, like so many, we decided the city wasn’t for us, so we looked around for places to up sticks to.” They found themselves in Lewes – a decision they’ve never regretted.


“We never intended to open a shop”, says Scott, “but when a unit came up in the Needlemakers for some nuts reason we said yes. It was opened on a shoestring and I remember how little stock we had to start with – but we stuck with it and quickly seemed to strike a chord with local folk. We haven’t looked back.”


Busy times. Scott recalls serving customers, while trying to hit an illustration deadline with a two-year-old strapped to his chest. “Elisabeth had worked as a retail trouble shooter across Scandinavia – so she was the brains, taking care of the buying and selling. It’s been touching and rewarding becoming a small part of the Lewes community – when we first moved here it didn’t feel that there were many places for young families so we set out to create a welcoming, safe place where new mums and dads could grab a breath.”


Scott’s still very involved with Wickle but nowadays he’s mainly focused on Liquid Studio, where he’s Creative Director. “I joined five years ago after a chance meeting with Jem, the founder. We’ve since grown into a small team offering big city creativity with a south coast attitude. We like being small: we’re light on our feet and ideas flow. Also, selfishly, it means I can keep doing the fun part – design.”


Liquid design everything from beer labels to web banners, including locally for Gun Brewery and Ancient and Brave. “Fortunately, Lewes seems full of ambitious people with big ideas looking for a little assistance!”


So, to our cover… How did Scott arrive at it? “I had a simpler version of this image knocking around for some time. It never felt complete until a colleague pointed out that adding mistletoe would make it festive. Hopefully it’s not obvious immediately what’s going on: the colours and shapes are enough to draw you. And then, when your eyes make sense of the image, a little smile rises up…. That’s the idea anyway! Merry Christmas.” 


wickle.co.ukliquid-studio.co.uk

 


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