Nine new members join the Design-Nation portfolio.Nine new members join the Design-Nation portfolio.Nine new members join the Design-Nation portfolio.

Nine new members join the Design-Nation portfolio.

The spring selection took place in London at the beginning of May. Eight applicants were selected to join our prestigious portfolio and will now benefit from our unique range of opportunities to support, promote and develop their businesses and one new member won the Design-Nation award at Made London Canary Wharf.

Applicants to Design-Nation are always assessed by an independent panel of craft and design industry professionals. To reflect Design-Nation’s profile, synonymous with high quality, creativity and innovation, the panel assess excellence, commitment and professionalism, ensuring that Design-Nation continues to raise the standard of contemporary craft and design produced in the UK. The new members include designer-makers in textiles, ceramics, jewellery and silverware:

Georgia Bosson

Georgia’s studio creates contemporary, colourful and tactile designs which are applied to a studio product range stretching from textiles to trays. The studio collection is all hand screen-printed in the UK, with an emphasis on environmentally sound materials and production methods. 

Hannah Staniforth (HCLS Ceramics)

Hannah creates thrown and hand-built ceramics out of terracotta from her studio in Sheffield, where she uses both controlled and uncontrolled methods of mark making. Coloured slips are applied through the use of mono printing sgraffito and slip trailing techniques. Terra sigillata is also applied for a contrasting surface effect.

Julie Fewster (Inner Finn Ceramics)

Julie current work concentrates on slip casting, mainly with porcelain. The work explores the tension of opposites between soft form and hard materials, between control and chance, and between fleeting movement and stillness. She seeks to capture quietness in reaction to the constant noise of modern living. She enjoys walking the line between sculpture and function, dipping into each, sometime combining the two, in a desire to create objects that “want to be”.

Laura Smith (Laura Elizabeth Glass)

Laura is a London based glass artist from the island of Bermuda. With ten years of experience working with hand-blown glass, she set up her practice in 2014. Laura uses her skills in hot glass to capture the incandescent qualities of glass combined with precious metals, copper, silver and gold.

Lauren Taylor

Lauren is based in south Manchester. Following a jewellery summer school at the Goldsmiths Centre, Lauren unearthed a passion for contemporary craft and handmade jewellery, and after graduating from Manchester School of Art in Three Dimensional Design, she continued her studies there, and completed a Jewellery Master’s Degree in 2015. Inspired by Manchester’s roots in the industrial revolution, Lauren hand spins cotton thread into rope, embedding time and skill into the very fibres of her jewellery.

Lou Gillet (Atlantic Design Studio)

Lou is a designer and silversmith, based on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Lou set up Atlantic Design Studio through her interest in contemporary design, sketching new ideas and exploring the endless possibilities of the three-dimensional form. Her background as a designer and architect leads to a natural experimentation with new ideas, forms and textures. She is fascinated by many different design philosophies; from clean sharp lines to free-flowing organic forms. 

Lucy Elisabeth

Lucy Elisabeth creates sculptural illustrations. Lucy Elisabeth’s work is inspired by natural forms: climbing foliage, human and animal anatomy. The process of bending wire is immediate and intimate; each gesture is irrevocable – a commitment to creating an expressive line that exists in three dimensions.

Shona Marsh

Shona presents silver tableware around the theme of eating and dining, from brunch to the most formal of dining occasion. Her works projects her no fuss approach to life and design. Inspiration comes from geometry and balance, each piece is carefully considered and thought out through drawing and modelling.

Image 1- Passionflower by Lucy Elisabeth

Image 2- Teal tray by Georgia Bosson

Image 3- Inner Finn Ceramics

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Design-Nation Head, Hand and Heart - Talks And Demonstrations

Prestigious designer-maker portfolio Design-Nation is delighted to announce its line-up of Talks and Demonstrations for London Craft Week 2018, developed and presented in partnership with Barbara Chandler and Helen Yardley Studio.

The four day exhibition is accompanied by a lively programme of free talks and demonstrations, and will stay open late on Thursday 10th May until 8pm.


Christine Meyer-Eaglestone will be in the Head Hand & Heart showroom throughout the day, demonstrating the complex and precise marquetry techniques that create her colourful visual signatures on furniture and art pieces such as mirrors, screens, wall panels, chests and cabinets.

Meet the maker (informal): Hugh Miller will also be present today, joined by Jacky Puzey in the afternoon.

12.30-1.30pm Meet the Maker: Barbara Chandler inconversation with Anna Gravelle, Gizella K Warburton, Hugh Miller, Jacky Puzey & Linda Bloomfield. FREE but limited spaces are available. Book online.

2pm-5.30pm Demonstration of body-tensioned loom weaving by rugmaker Angie Parker. This ancient skill is a technique just as effective as the larger-size loom weaving that Angie uses to make her vibrant rugs.

5.45pm–6.30pm Makers’ informal pecha-kucha event devised by Helen Yardley. Come and meet the gang and hear who we are and what makes us tick – a fast and fun image-led event. FREE but please RSVP online

Followed immediately by our Thursday Late Private View until 8pm. Refreshments will be served.

We have not one but two demonstrators today. We’ll start with rug-tufting by our host Helen Yardley. Helen and her team will be on hand to demonstrate how they transform Helen’s exquisite designs into hand-tufted rugs. And while they rest, ceramicist Linda Bloomfield will show how she throws and forms clay to make her lovely pots and vessels. The two demos will alternate throughout the day.

Meet the maker (informal): Anna Gravelle and Harriet Elkerton will also be present today.

Japanese textured carving: furniture maker and former architect Hugh Miller will show the unique hand carving techniques that he uses to complete each piece. Three sessions through the day. FREE, but please pre-register online.

Meet the maker (informal): Christine Meyer-Eaglestone and Ruth Singer will also be present today.

Design-Nation have curated a display of 11 makers and their inspiring work, including furniture and marquetry from Christine Meyer-Eaglestone and Hugh Miller; ceramics by Harriet Elkerton and Linda Bloomfield; rugs by Helen Yardley and Angie Parker; interior textiles by Anna Gravelle and Jacky Puzey; and objets d’art by Ruth Singer and Gizella Warburton.

Full details and how to book can be found on the exhibition microsite:

Alongside the showcase, the Design-Nation members’ online portfolio can be used to buy, commission, collaborate, consult, trade, collect, source, research and innovate.

Notes to Editors

Design-Nation: Head, Hand and Heart

9th - 12th May 2018 (11am to 5pm each day, free admission)

Thursday Late (Thursday 10th open until 8pm)

Address A-Z Studios, 3-5 Hardwidge Street, London, SE1 3SY. 

Tube London Bridge (Northern Line), Borough (Northern).

Exhibitors participating in the showcase are Angie Parker, Anna Gravelle, Clare L Wilson, Christine Meyer-Eaglestone, Gizella K Warburton, Harriet Elkerton, Helen Yardley, Hugh Miller, Jacky Puzey, Linda Bloomfield and Ruth Singer.

For press enquiries:

David Gorrod or Alice Stewardson at Seen PR - @seen_pr  - Tel +44 (0)1273 722 469

Top to Bottom: Linda Bloomfield throwing, photo credit Ben Boswell, Hugh Miller and Jacky Puzey. Images courtesy of the artists.

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