Meet the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2017 shortlist

Introducing the 15 creatives shortlisted for the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2017. Meet the nominees and vote for your favourite Product of the Year…

The shortlist is in and we’re excited to finally introduce to you the nominees for the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2017. In less than a month, they will present their work to these lovely judges at The Yacht in London on Monday, 3 July 2017.

We’d like to thank each and every maker who took the time to create a Pinterest board and emailed in an entry. It’s never an easy task narrowing hundreds of amazing creative businesses and makers down to just 15 finalists. Your boards were beautiful and your creative stories a real joy to have come to know – thank you!

From the best illustrators and creative workshops to promising start-ups and products we wish we’d thought of, may we introduce this year’s Mollie Makes Handmade Awards nominees.

Good luck to all of our finalists!
Team Mollie x

Best Start-Up Business Award

The Nominees

Cath Chamberlain

Cheltenham-based designer-maker, Cath loves colour and texture. She specialises in hand weaving unique, one-off pieces such as cushions, wall hangings and clutch bags which she describes as ‘vibrant and playful’. See more

Kara Ford

In April 2015, after a long love affair with clay, Kara Ford decided to give up her 9-5 job to pursue a creative career in pottery. All her work is thrown on the wheel and built by hand from her tiny garden shed in Bath. See more

Lucy Tiffney

Lucy Tiffney is an instinctive designer and mural artist with a punchy interior style. Following the amazing response from the GIDC TV show, and the success of her murals, she has created a new range of happy homewares, which include wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and toys. See more

The Prize

 A £500 voucher for online training with The Design Trust, including online workshops, coaching or courses. A day of learning at the Etsy UK offices in London, a stand at a Crafty Fox Market in London and a starter advertising package in Mollie Makes.

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Best Established Business Award
In association with The Handmade Fair 

The Nominees

Coco & Wolf

Better known for their bespoke children’s clothing made using luxury Liberty prints, in 2015 Coco & Wolf began expanding their business to include textiles and homewares. This brand is not about ‘frills or fuss’ but clean shapes, delicate details and modern styling. See more

Miesje Chafer

Textile designer Miesje Chafer’s surface patterns are influenced by Scandinavian and mid-century designs. Once screen printed, she turns her bespoke fabric into striking homewares and accessories such as quilts, lampshades, purses and more. See more

Rosa Pietsch

Jewellery is often described as ‘a statement piece’ and with Rosa’s creations you’d certainly be making a statement! Her original designs are made using laser cut and resin casting techniques which she’s developed since starting her business in 2012. See more

The Prize

A stand at The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace from 15-17th September 2017 worth £545 (plus marketing support worth £300), a Mollie Makes Instagram takeover, and a pop-up at West Elm’s Tottenham Court Road store. Plus, an hour-long Skype mentoring session with The Brand Stylist, Fiona Humberstone.

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Handmade Champion Award

The Nominees

Head and Hands

Amanda is the curator and founder of Head and Hands, an online and pop-up shop supporting independent makers and artists. Stocking a range of goods from ceramics to apothecary, everything in the shop is made by loving hands and with good intentions. See more

Home byKirsty

Nestled within Cardiff’s vibrant Castle Arcade, Home byKirsty brings you homeware by leading British and Welsh designer-makers who share a clean, contemporary aesthetic. Products are carefully curated by lighting and homeware designer-maker, Kirsty Patrick. See more

March Meet the Maker

Designer and illustrator, Joanne Hawker is responsible for clogging up your Instagram newsfeed with makers taking part in the popular hashtag #MarchMeetTheMaker. Aimed to help makers tell their creative story, the hashtag (used over 107,200 times!) is a great opportunity for businesses to meet like-minded creatives and be discovered by customers and industry leaders. See more

The Prize

A one-to-one business mentoring session with Kat Molesworth, founder of Blogtacular, plus a day of learning with the UK Pinterest team, and a feature about your business or campaign in Mollie Makes.

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Best Workshops Award – NEW!
In association with West Elm

The Nominees

Image taken by Silkie Lloyd of The Forge

Origami EST

Catering for beginner to intermediate makers, Esther Thorpe delivers exciting, contemporary origami workshops using luxury papers designed by the likes of Esme Winter, Mulk Designs, Lizzie for SMUG and many more. See more

Two Me

Isabella Strambio embarked on a creative journey to learn 12 crafts in 12 months back in May 2016. Though she’s accomplished her goal, Isabella’s craft journey is far from over. Now the full-time interior designer and mum is out to inspire you through her craft workshop where she’ll be passing on the skills she’s learnt. See more

I Am Acrylic

Brendan and Ruth are makers of quirky handmade accessories, each individually hand cut with their trusty fretsaw (no laser cutter in this studio). If they’re not meticulously working on their own designs in their Spitalfields studio, you’ll find them running workshops teaching adults and kids alike how to make their very own accessories. See more

The Prize

A feature in Mollie Makes about your workshops and inclusion in the Mollie Makes online diary each month for a year. Plus, the opportunity to host a workshop at West Elm’s Tottenham Court Road store, and a one-to-one mentoring session with West Elm Marketing Manager Jessica Sims on how to promote your event.

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Best Illustrator Award – NEW!

The Nominees

Dick Vincent

Dick Vincent is an illustrator based in Macclesfield, a sleepy little town on the cusp of the Peak District in the UK. He shares a home/studio with his girlfriend Leigh and two grumpy cats Audrey and Frida. His illustrations often explore his love of the great outdoors, literature and films. See more

Emma Block

Emma Block is a multidisciplinary illustrator living in London, working across editorial illustration, packaging and branding. Her work is inspired by the people she meets, old photographs, vintage clothes, 1930s jazz and sausage dogs. See more

Jacqueline Colley

With a background in textile design and eight years experience, Jacqueline illustrates patterns which she then turns into art prints and products. Her work is inspired by the natural world and travel and she’s been working with brands such as Oasis and H&M. See more

The Prize

A one-to-one mentoring session to help develop your creative business with illustrator Jane Foster, a paid opportunity to design the bonus papers or Good Read illustration in an issue of Mollie Makes, and a Q&A feature on the Mollie Makes blog.

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Best New Product Award – Voted for by you!

This is a new, online-only category, voted for by the readers of Mollie Makes! Take a peek at the nominees below then head over to our voting page to choose your favourite product. 

The Nominees

Cross stitch peg board by Cotton Clara

Hand painted ceramic vase by Ella Masters

Wooden globes by Frilly Industries

Pop-up loom by Hawthorn Handmade

Chunky knit blanket by Knit Safari

Silk scarf by Lia B

Donut sewing pattern weights by Oh Sew Quaint

Wooden pears by Styled by Naomi

Strappy espadrilles by Suzie London

The Prize

The product will be shot and styled in the Mollie Makes photo studio, feature in a news story showcasing your product in Mollie Makes, a post on the Mollie Makes Instagram account directing more than 118,000 followers to your product, and inclusion in a Mollie Makes online Crush Catalogue.

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Vote now!