ONE WEEK ABOUT WOTH Wonderful Things Magazine by Mary Hessing
WEE OOO TEEE HAAA in a name? There are people who, sometimes somewhat apologetically, ask: “WOTH, how do you pronounce that?” It’s clear to us of course (because we made up that weird name ourselves): it’s a contraction of ‘Wonderful Things’. We thought that a Dutch magazine with an international ambition at this day and age could well bear an English name. Besides, it sounds optimistic. Of course we are not only concerned about the things, but just as much about the ideas and the vitality of the people behind those things. Wonderful is: stunningly beautiful, made with love, touching, sweet, affectionate, warm, charming and close by.
At the same time, the title is also a kind of incantation against inaccuracies and trouble. We want to stand for honesty, sincerity, and doing the right thing. In recent years, a lot of things in society have moved in the wrong direction, often because of greed and dishonest motives, megalomania or simply because people keep counting on it that eventually everything will turn out fine again, or even better than before. For the equity markets that are kept afloat by these forces, it doesn’t make any difference at all.
On the other hand, there are private initiatives, family companies, (semi) artisanal workshops, smart sustainable production units. Companies that are committed to people, to products and to the way they are made. We would like to belong to this group of people. Through the content of the magazine, but also through the way in which we make it. That’s why we’ve chosen to have it printed in the Netherlands and that’s how the content came into being thanks to the inspiration of many.
In fact, the motto that I decided upon 18 years ago still applies: creating beautiful things with fun people, in a fun way. I firmly believe that on the pages of our magazine you can recognize the pleasure that the people have among each other, during the working process. And I’m in good company, luckily.