I’ve been pondering what the best collective noun for designers and makers might be. An imagination of…, a creation of…? Let me know if you think of anything better (I am sure you will as my brain is befuddled by a dreadful cold at the moment so words are not coming easily!) The reason for my musing is that on a recent trip to Haworth I spotted a little shop of wonder and a great venture – Modo & Co. It’s housed in a building right at the bottom of the historic Main Street and is a group of designer makers who create, make and sell the most wonderful products.
There is everything from original prints to wood carved treasures and jewellery. As it is all designed and made on the premises, many of the items for sale can be personalised.
Owners Emma and Andrew started Modo from their back bedroom ten years ago after moving from London in search of a better lifestyle. With a background in design, photography and publishing, they began making affordable prints. The business expanded into the Main Street workspace and now includes a Modo tribe of creatives with an impressive array of skills – from woodwork and illustration to framing and free-hand letter stamping.
It’s worth a trip to Haworth to see the store in person, though you can also view and buy online. I’ll definitely be going back to do some Christmas shopping and will also be adding in Hawksby’s and The Bronte Parsonage shop into my itinerary. Hawksby’s, also on the Main Street, is a treasure trove devoted to the work of artists, designer and makers from all over the UK (many are from Yorkshire). The Parsonage shop has beautiful Bronte memorabilia and some well-chosen gifts.
Here are some more of my favourites from Modo & Co. (be aware that as they are all original – the stock may have changed).