Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2014 winners and highlights

Meet the Mollie Makes Handmade Award Winners, including a Crafternoon Cabaret Club and music-teacher-turned internationally acclaimed screen printer, Jane Foster

Yesterday saw the very first Mollie Makes Handmade Awards event in London hosted by The Proud Archivist, which was perfectly situated by the canal. The place hummed with excited chatter as the self-nominated creatives waited their turn to see the judges. This was our chance to get to know the finalist, their craft and their vision for it – they were invigorating, like we’d stepped into a creative bubble.

Mollie Makes Editor, Lara Watson who chaired the judging panel reflects on the day saying, “We were overwhelmed by the talent and picking winners in each category often came down to a vote, the standard was so high. We’re looking forward to working with everyone we met in future issues of Mollie Makes.” Watch this space!

So on to the winners!

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

The Start Up Award winner is Sarah-Jane Brand (Hejsan Goods) for her handmade Swedish beaded baskets and for bringing back the traditional craft. Sarah-Jane wins a day with Etsy to get advice on setting up a shop and tips for marketing her business online.

The Established Business Award goes to music-teacher-turned internationally acclaimed screen printer, Jane Foster who wins a half day mentorship with Lisa Levis.

The winner of the Social Enterprise Award is Emily Whitesmith for her work on Weaversmith, from which she teaches hand-weaving in communities – from groups with learning difficulties to local school children. She receives £500 prize money to boost her business.

Creative Idea Award winner is Hannah Cox of Crafternoon Cabaret Club for her concept of cabaret, cocktails and craft night mash ups in London. She wins a stall at one of the Crafty Fox Markets in London and tickets to their talks.

Awarded the Youth Award for her creative crochet designs and sheer passion is Carmen Jorissen (Crafty Queens) who wins a half day mentorship with Lisa Comfort of Sew Over It.

Thanks to The Proud Archivist for having us and thanks to the judges for taking the time to share your expert advice with the finalists. We hope you all had a blast, enjoyed your time with us and met new friends.