Announcing the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2018 shortlisters. Meet the creative start ups, established businesses and handmade champions who will be presenting their creative products and businesses to a panel of judges on 9 July 2018 at Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2018.
Yet another year of pouring over inspiring entries to the Mollie Awards – you sure do make it hard for us, you creative lot. As ever, thank you for entering, we really do appreciate you taking the time to do so. We hope you’ll enter again next year if you didn’t make the shortlist this time – it really was so, so close.
The awards will culminate on 9 July 2018 at Dead Dolls House in Islington where the shortlist will present their businesses and creative ideas and products to the judges. While the finalists are enjoying a fun day of hands-on workshops, inspirational talks, panel discussions and photowalks, the judges will choose a winner for each category. Keep tabs on the winners and judges by following #HandmadeAwards on Instagram.
So, who did make the shortlist? Read on and meet the talented designer-makers and creative movers-and-shakers in with a chance of taking home a Mollie Makes Handmade Award 2018.
Best Small Business Award shortlist
Awarded to a start-up or a small handmade business trading for less than three years. The winner will receive: A pop-up at West Elm’s new Westfield store, a £250 voucher for online training with The Design Trust, a Pinterest bootcamp, and a starter advertising package in Mollie Makes.
Best Established Business Award shortlist
In association with The Handmade Fair
Awarded to a full-time creative with an established handmade business that’s been trading for over three years. The winner will receive: A stand at The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace from 14-16th September 2018 worth £545, a year’s membership to The Design Trust Business Club worth £250, a telephone mentoring session with Keith Brymer Jones, and host an Instagram takeover of the Mollie Makes account.
Best Illustrator Award shortlist
Championing talented new illustrators is hugely important to us, and this award category recognises those artists turning their work into a creative enterprise. The winner will receive: A day of learning with Etsy, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Kitty McCall shop and studio with owner Catherine Nice, 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.
Best Workshops Award shortlist
In association with West Elm
Awarded to the designer-maker inspiring others to pick up a new craft or technique. The winner will get an opportunity to host a workshop at West Elm’s new Westfield store, an online course with The Brand Stylist worth up to £295, a feature in Mollie Makes about your workshops, and inclusion in the Mollie Makes online workshop diary each month for a year.
Handmade Champion Award shortlist
Awarded to a someone or something supporting and championing all things handmade. The prize: A one-to-one blog mentoring session with Kat Molesworth, founder of Blogtacular. A day of learning with the UK Pinterest team, a feature about your business, blog or campaign in Mollie Makes, and a Q&A feature on the Mollie Makes blog.
Best Product Award shortlist
Awarded to the designer-maker of a stand-out product, as chosen by our readers and social media followers (voting will begin soon!). Mollie Makes readers have the final say on who wins: A product photography session in the Mollie Makes photo studio, a news story showcasing your product in Mollie Makes and a mention on Mollie Makes’ Instagram account.