Wentworth Woodhouse’s first ever fundraising T-shirt suits Rawmarsh mum of two Zoe Rowbottom to a T… And so it should – because she designed it.
That was 13 years ago, when Zoe was a 20-year-old graphics student.
It inspired her coursework at Sheffield’s Norton College – and Zoe always felt one particular creation, a Wentworth Woodhouse logo which follows the shape of the mansion’s East Front, would be perfect on a T-shirt.
But after finishing her course, Zoe decided against an art career and consigned her work to the attic.
Only when the Preservation Trust regenerating the house ran an art contest during the pandemic lockdown in April did she remember it and fish it out.
Entries came from as far away as Australia by supporters aged from two to 75 andZoe’s design inspired judges to create the Trust’s first ever T-shirt to boost much-needed income after lockdown – fulfilling a dream of Zoe’s from 13 years ago.
A batch of 5,000 are now on sale at a pop-up shop in the mansion’s gardens and on the website priced £15 for adult sizes and £10 for children aged five to 11. Family bundles – two adult shirts and two children’s – cost £40.
It’s brilliant to see my design used as I’d once dreamed it would,” said Zoe, a business analyst at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield.
“It looks exactly how I’d imagined 13 years ago. I feel so proud that thousands of supporters will be wearing it.”
Zoe, 33, and her eldest daughter Ada, five, (pictured) will be wearing theirs when they spend a day in the mansion’s gardens, which are now open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday.
The T-shirts are in white and navy, sizes S,M,L,XL and ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11.