MEET THE OWNER

Marianne Su Yin

I’m an Overner (not born and bred on the Island) and have been on the Isle of Wight for 25 years, based in the West Wight with my family and Hungarian Vizslas Spike and Milo.

Whistle and Hound evolved from 10 years of creative work from my studio at home as an illustrator, children’s author, photographer and dressmaker. It’s a space created for people to come together and re-ignite traditional skills, with a bit of fresh and modern thrown in.

I’m an Overner (not born and bred on the Island) and have been on the Isle of Wight for 25 years, based in the West Wight with my family and Hungarian Vizslas Spike and Milo.

Whistle and Hound evolved from 10 years of creative work from my studio at home as an illustrator, children’s author, photographer and dressmaker. It’s a space created for people to come together and re-ignite traditional skills, with a bit of fresh and modern thrown in.

My talent for hands-on creative design began in early childhood. While growing up in rural Shropshire my grandmother taught me to sew around the age of 8 when I first started making my own clothes. Once I had worked my way through her vintage 1950s wardrobe adapting her dresses to fit!

 By the time I was a teenager designing mini-fashion collections and making most of my wardrobe was just what I loved to do. Even though sewing was largely a hobby throughout my life this love was eventually turned into reality.

Soon after my eldest was born I opened Hubba Hubba Vintage, an online retro boutique fashion label of bespoke gowns and dresses.

My talent for hands-on creative design began in early childhood. While growing up in rural Shropshire my grandmother taught me to sew around the age of 8 when I first started making my own clothes. Once I had worked my way through her vintage 1950s wardrobe adapting her dresses to fit!

By the time I was a teenager designing mini-fashion collections and making most of my wardrobe was just what I loved to do. Even though sewing was largely a hobby throughout my life this love was eventually turned into reality.

Soon after my eldest was born I opened Hubba Hubba Vintage, an online retro boutique fashion label of bespoke gowns and dresses.

Spike then joined our home at the same time my youngest showed a real talent for art. Happening to try one of his lessons a long lost skill of sketching surfaced, which quickly evolved into Trotting Dog. My niche gift and card collection for Vizsla dog lovers of funny illustrations and personalised gifts.

Soon two dogs took over from the dresses and eventually we all became Whistle and Hound. Combining my creative talents honed over the years whilst bringing together local teachers and artisan made homewares, gifts and crafts in a friendly space. Allowing people to learn traditional and contemporary crafting, while supporting and showcasing local independent creatives, British makers and global artisans.

I am so fortunate to have practical skills passed on to me over two generations which are often now lost, so my aim is to continue sharing them with as many people of any age as possible.

Spike then joined our home at the same time my youngest showed a real talent for art. Happening to try one of his lessons a long lost skill of sketching surfaced, which quickly evolved into Trotting Dog. My niche gift and card collection for Vizsla dog lovers of funny illustrations and personalised gifts.

Soon two dogs took over from the dresses and eventually we all became Whistle and Hound. Combining my creative talents honed over the years whilst bringing together local teachers and artisan made homewares, gifts and crafts in a friendly space. Allowing people to learn traditional and contemporary crafting, while supporting and showcasing local independent creatives, British makers and global artisans.

I am so fortunate to have practical skills passed on to me over two generations which are often now lost, so my aim is to continue sharing them with as many people of any age as possible.

Why we love the Isle of Wight

I chose to locate Whistle and Hound in the West Wight minutes from the beaches of Freshwater, Totland and Colwell Bay not only because it’s close to our home, but we are part of a traditional rural community village. We have a thriving sports centre, library, traditional butcher, baker and fishmonger alongside local shops and services including the essentials – pubs, chemists, supermarkets and petrol station.

Delicious foodie neighbours include experts in artisan coffee and lite bites The Freshwater Coffee House just a few footsteps along from us, The Rabbit Hole traditional tea room with a twist right next door, and The Hut beachside restaurant with sunset views at Colwell Bay about 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes on a bike!

For lovers of the outdoors like us rural footpaths and bridleways are easily accessible including the Tennyson Trail and Coastal Path plus our favourite wild beach for surfing and swimming Compton Bay, less than 10 minutes drive.

Our home in Totland is just a stone’s throw from the shop and when not creating and crafting we are usually found outside our beach hut enjoying a slice of Island beach life.

Why we love the Isle of Wight

I chose to locate Whistle and Hound in the West Wight minutes from the beaches of Freshwater, Totland and Colwell Bay not only because it’s close to our home, but we are part of a traditional rural community village. We have a thriving sports centre, library, traditional butcher, baker and fishmonger alongside local shops and services including the essentials – pubs, chemists, supermarkets and petrol station.

Delicious foodie neighbours include experts in artisan coffee and lite bites The Freshwater Coffee House just a few footsteps along from us, The Rabbit Hole traditional tea room with a twist right next door, and The Hut beachside restaurant with sunset views at Colwell Bay about 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes on a bike!

For lovers of the outdoors like us rural footpaths and bridleways are easily accessible including the Tennyson Trail and Coastal Path plus our favourite wild beach for surfing and swimming Compton Bay, less than 10 minutes drive.

Our home in Totland is just a stone’s throw from the shop and when not creating and crafting we are usually found outside our beach hut enjoying a slice of Island beach life.

FIND US

51 School Green Road
Freshwater
Isle of Wight
PO40 9AS

01983 718 400