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Meet the Clothkittens


Kay

Owner


Kay Mawer is the current owner of Clothkits, the company originally founded in 1968 by designer Anne Kennedy. Kay was taught to sew by her mother, and from the age of ten could be found in the attic beavering away with the sewing machine and whatever fabrics were to hand (often curtains!)  Having spent the first ten years after college wondering what to do when she grew up, Kay embarked on a creative career after the birth of her first daughter.  Dabbling in the arts meant experimentation in textiles and garment construction, painting, print, photography, digital media and sculpture.  Kay has an First Class degree in Fine Art, a passion for textiles and a great entrepreneurial spirit! 
After many conversations reminiscing about the Clothkits brand, she vowed to bring the iconic brand back to life. Kay found Clothkits laying dormant in the depths of the catalogue giant Freemans, and after a lot of negotiation the brand was relaunched in 2008. If you would like to read a bit more about the journey then we have had a great feature in The Telegraph Magazine which you can read here. Kay is blessed with the support at Clothkits from a small, talented and close knit team.  Come meet us!

Karen

Shop Manager

Keeping many plates in the air, Karen not only manages the Chichester Clothkits store, but can often be found dispatching your online shopping.


Rachel

Workshop Co-ordinator

When she’s not organising our fabulous workshops, you’ll find Rachel on the shop floor. With a background in banking, her organisational skills are a clear winner.


Anna

E-commerce Manager

Anna likes to hide upstairs in the office, she makes sure the website is looking good and full of exciting goodies to tempt you with.


Lisa

The Kit Queen

If there is a kit to be made, then Lisa is your (wo)man​.​ ​Lisa has been working for Clothkits since 2008, when Kay relaunched it​.


Maria

Tutor

As well as being an incredible designer, pattern cutter and seamstress, Maria is also an excellent teacher, who's passion for sewing is infectious.


Anne

Tutor

Anne is a trained fine artist and runs our free-hand embroidery courses. She also designs our fantastic window displays.


Karen

Tutor

Karen runs our patchwork courses, she is a textile artist and an expert in patchwork, quilting and applique.

 

Fiona

Tutor

Fiona is a fashion textile designer and runs our popular Make Your Mother Proud courses as well as some other excellent dressmaking courses.

 

Jane

Tutor

Jane runs our lampshade making courses, she has many years of making exquisite lampshades under her belt.

 

Mitka

Tutor

Mitka is our wonderful and inspiring after school club tutor. She grew up in Bulgaria where she studied tailoring and art.


Bianca & Georgina

Tutor

The creative duo that run our teen sewing club. As well as teaching they are also fashion designers making contemporary, design focused clothing.


Fiona

Tutor

Fiona runs our holiday courses for children.

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