Designer Crush: Hennie Haworth, You Will Be Mine

Designer Crush: Hennie Haworth, You Will Be Mine

Tess Wilson
Jun 10, 2011

I have coveted this teacup print by Hennie Haworth for years, but at £80 (approximately $130USD, plus international shipping, plus framing), I despaired of ever owning it, or any of Ms. Haworth's work. But now, there are notecards! And a pillow! And a tea towel, for crying out loud!

When I first saw Hennie Haworth's work, I fell for it hard. The colors, the details, the use of traditionally "fussy" subject matter done in edgy new ways: it was all perfect for me. I felt like I could own that Teacup print for years and still see new details all the time, but alas, it probably wasn't meant to be. Then I happened upon the biker-birdie mugs she made for Habitat and rejoiced (mine at last!), but realized that they had sold out long ago, of course. My crush increased exponentially when I saw the "Dress Like A Cupcake Should Feel" illustration she did, as at the time I was working at a shop where we did our best to dress like a cupcake should feel, everyday. I'd just never heard the style and joy we were trying to capture expressed so well. In short, Hennie Haworth got me, and I loved her (work), but it seemed the relationship would go no further. I would check her website every few months hoping for something, anything (a half-off sale? more mugs?), but heartbreak seemed inevitable...

But then she started making cards, the sweetest teacup cards in the world (£2.50/$4.00), like little excerpts from my beloved Teacup print. There's also a extremely limited-edition handmade Tea Saucer Cushion for £30/$49 and a Teacup Tea Towel for £7.50/$12.25.

These are all lovely, but what I really want now is for Hennie to develop a crush on me, so she'll do an illustration of my building like this amazing one of Wigmore Hall..

Images: Hennie Haworth Illustration & Design

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