Discover fresh talent at New Designers


Here at Mollie Makes we’re always trying to support emerging illustrators and designers, which is why we’re big fans of New Designers. There’s less than two weeks until they return with a new cohort of 3,000 emerging design talents and we’re very excited.

Full of disruptive thinking, ambitious ideas and fresh approaches, New Designers presents the work of 3,000 hand-picked graduate design talents from around the country. And, to accompany the next wave of creatives, New Designers also presents One Year In – an opportunity for recently launched businesses to display and sell their pieces, curated by Emily Skinner.

The work on display is complemented by an extensive range of design-focused talks and workshops, including a full immersion colour workshop with Dulux, basket weaving and creative rope knotting with Yodomo and the opportunity to create your very own screen-printed accessory with 3rd rail clothing.

New Designers have kindly given #molliemakers a discount code on advance day tickets, so get yours here today and use offer code SUMMEROFDESIGN at checkout until 6 July for 20% off.

Now meet some of New Designer’s incredibly talented makers and discover some of the new businesses which are showcasing at One Year In.

2019 graduates to watch

New Designers Florence Dennis

Florence Dennis – Norwich University of Arts, BA (HONS) Textiles Design, Week One

Florence graduated with a degree in Textile Design from Norwich University and works as both an illustrator and surface pattern designer. Florence’s practice combines vibrant and textured colours with hand-printed and digital designs. Exploring her creativity through humour with ‘For the Love of Dog.’

  New Designers Kezia Hulse

Kezia Hulse – Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, BA (Hons) Illustration, VC5

Kezia is inspired by nature’s vibrant colours and David Hockney’s spring paintings. Her ‘Spring Walks’ campaign is designed to encourage people to get out into nature allowing them to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The posters are made by photographing small cut paper sets, with paper characters placed within.


New Designers Chelsea Bodell


Chelsea Bodell – University of Huddersfield, BA/BSC Textiles, T3

Bodell’s collection ‘re-characterise’ highlights our growing awareness of the environmental impact of textile waste. She uses an eclectic mix of pre and post-consumer waste fibres to create knitwear with a charismatic and playful aesthetic.

One Year In

New Designers Rachael Walsh, Moonlit Peaceful Warrior

Rachael Presky

Rachael Presky is an award-winning freelance illustrator who specialises in digital, flat illustration, with a figurative, contemporary style. Capturing moments of fluidity and everyday scenarios, Rachael’s work is both familiar and illusive.

New Designers Mitch Pilkington

Mitch Pilkington

Mitch specialises in hand-built sculptural ceramics inspired by the natural forms of her coastal finds. Her work has a haptic quality invoking a sense of calm, serenity and connection.

New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre, 26-29 June & 3-6 July. Book your tickets here and support emerging designers, crafters and illustrators! Share your pictures of the event with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and check out our free backgrounds which feature different emerging illustrators every month.