Twelve new members join the Design-Nation portfolio

Twelve new members join the Design-Nation portfolio

Following the recent merger with Design Factory, Design-Nation held its first selection of new members as a merged organisation in January. Twelve applicants were selected to join our prestigious portfolio: they will now benefit from a range of opportunities to support, promote and develop their businesses.

Applications are 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 are asked to assess excellence and ensure that Design-Nation continues to raise the standard of contemporary craft and design produced in the UK. The new members are located across the country, from the Shetland Islands to London, and include designer makers in Manchester, Norfolk and Wiltshire.

News of their selection was well-received by the selected applicants:

“I’m proud to be joining this group and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to join in, to share and to be part of a network of amazing designers, artists and craftspeople.” - Melanie Roseveare of Melody Rose London.

“Making new objects always has an uncertain outcome, but a crafts person knows when that outcome is right. That is what it feels in being invited to join Design Nation - I am looking forward to the partnership” - Jonathan Rose

The twelve applicants that successfully met the criteria for membership and were invited to join Design-Nation are:

Amanda Denison

Amanda works from a studio by the river in West London and creates items of wearable art using mixed metals and enamels. Her magnetic brooches can be displayed on the body or on a wall. Amanda’s fine art background has a strong influence on her work; mark making is integral and her work is inspired by the traces left behind through decay, dilapidation and dereliction and by the marks stamped on the urban environment.


BAKKA is the trading name of Mary Macgregor and is a Fair Isle knitwear venture located in Bakka, Shetland. For her range of contemporary wearable textiles Mary uses a luxury 100% superfine merino yarn to knit traditional patterns and colours. Mary is passionate about promoting and preserving Shetland’s renowned textile heritage. She draws inspiration from the oldest patterns then creates her own designs by mixing up different ones to create a contemporary look, but one which adheres to the traditional way of using colour.

Danny Lee Design

Danny Lee Design offers a range of digitally crafted artisan pieces made using mindfully sourced luxury materials. The collection, designed in Danny’s East London studio and manufactured in the UK, is a result of extensive research into new materials and knitting technology. With an interest in pushing the boundaries of constructed textiles and sourcing materials from around the world, Danny has created a tactile range of homeware and accessories.

Jane Sedgwick

Jane makes bold, playful wooden jewellery which she turns and hand paints in her studio near the North Norfolk Coast. Her current range is influenced by classic educational toys, which focus on developing basic skills such as dexterity and counting through play. Jane uses traditional woodworking techniques and manages a small woodland that provides a sustainable supply of sycamore for her work.

Jonathan Rose Design

Jonathan’s passion is designing and developing contemporary furniture with a focus on quality and function. He developed his bespoke furniture business ten years ago following a career as an engineer; a background that forged Jonathan’s love of solving problems hands on. Based in Aberdeenshire, Jonathan has strong links within the Scottish craft, art and furniture communities. His approach is progressive, he welcomes ideas from many sources and works regularly with other makers and small batch producers.

Laura-Jane Atkinson

Laura-Jane is a Manchester based designer maker specialising in handmade interior accessories that challenge and re-appropriate the known application and behaviour of often under-celebrated materials. Her creative process is rooted in design by making, allowing the personality of materials to drive the nature of sampling. Laura-Jane produces commissioned and batch manufactured statement products that blend traditional craftsmanship with material innovation - ‘jewellery for the home’.

Melody Rose London

Melody Rose London works with a 3rd generation pottery in Stoke-on-Trent to produce a range of screen printed bone china. Each piece, gilded by hand by designer Melanie Roseveare, keeps at its heart the quality that has made Britain renowned for its ceramic heritage, while adding a 21st century artist-led sensibility to the design process. There are five current collections, a bespoke service and ranges for restaurants and museum shops. 

Nicki Jarvis

Nicki creates wall pieces combining textiles and ceramics from her Lincolnshire base. Inspired by the quilt as an art object, her work references traditional techniques but with an aim of telling new stories. Batch production is an integral part of the process for Nicki; in the form of mark-making, screen printed repeats and multiple button making. Each work created is part of a quiet journey of exploration into the quilt-as-metaphor, exploring ideas about the domestic and wider social sphere.

Rachael Howard

Rachael has been making textiles since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1992 as one of the first post-graduate students of embroidery. Her graphic, lively sketches of everyday life typify her powers of observation and knack for catching the moment. Rachael works in her Cheshire studio, pioneering a lively mix of embroidery and printing techniques; using image, text and object to tell often autobiographical stories of the everyday.

Raw Studio

Nick Rawcliffe of Raw Studio is influenced by the discovery of new materials and processes, within an environment of craft-technology crossover. His work is a result of a holistic design process informed through his diverse background, combining unique concepts from a Royal College of Art training and the efficiency of process learned from a mechanical engineering degree. Each piece of work has a narrative hidden in its unique design process that adds an extra dimension to the value of the finished work. Nick works between Lancashire and London.

Sasha Wardell

Sasha has over thirty years of experience in the world of bone china and porcelain, having studied in Stoke on Trent and Limoges, France. From her Wiltshire base she has taken elements of this industry and adapted them to a studio environment with her own production, including bespoke vases, bowls, lighting and tea ware. Sasha has concentrated on perfecting the craft-based skills which enhance the inherent qualities of bone china. Her carefully produced distinctive work embraces and reflects contemporary taste and lifestyle. 

Theo Wright

Theo is a textile artist and handweaver, based in Coventry. His current work has two strands. Since 2011 he has designed and made woven scarves, with a particular focus on developing patterns and colour combinations that will appeal to men. Since 2014 Theo has also produced collections of non-functional textile artwork for interiors. These have a stronger theoretical basis, taking a mathematical concept and interpreting it through weave in a series of related but unique woven pieces.

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Meet the Expert: Design-Nation's new feature at Top Drawer ss18

Meet the Expert: Design-Nation's new feature at Top Drawer ss18

Here at Design-Nation we are lucky to work with some of the brightest and most creative minds in the business, and can draw on a wealth of expert knowledge across the UK. Our recent merger with Design Factory is a great example of how working together makes us stronger, and we're celebrating this with a special programme of Meet The Expert sessions at Top Drawer this month.
If you would like to know more about us and what we do, please drop by our Top Drawer stand CR421 upstairs in CRAFT. And look out for our visiting experts and brand ambassadors who can help with so many aspects of running a design practice, especially around doing trade shows. They will be available for one-to-one sessions at the times listed below, but it's first come first served, so if you want to speak to any expert in particular, please let us know by 5pm Friday 12th January via:
Sunday 14 January
1100-1300 Andrew Tanner, Design-Nation brand ambassador & senior designer for Home at Sainsbury's. Andrew has a long history with us and has also built an illustrious career, starting as product desgner and ceramicist whose practice was developed in the traditional potteries in Stoke, before going on to work for major high street names such as Joules and Next. Andrew is a great champion of emerging design and can give valuable career advice.
1400-1530 Barbara Chandler, Design-Nation consultant curator and independent design journalist/photographer. Barbara is well known for her weekly design columns for the Evening Standard and her amazing address book - she really does knows everyone in design and has worked with the best, being a real force for good in her support of young designers. Barbara has a sharp eye for detail and will be happy to advise on publicity, promotion and PR, especially imagery.

Monday 15 January
1100-1200 Margo Selby, Design-Nation ambassador and leading textile designer/artist. Margo's eponymous homeware label grew out of her love of weaving, pattern and colour. Margo has been a member of Design-Nation for many years and has extensive experience of working wih major retailers and interiors brands, designing collections for Habitat, John Lewis, and Osborne & Little as well as her own brand.
1530-1630 - David Gorrod, Design-Nation PR, design press and communications expert. David is director of Seen PR, a leading publicity agency for the design and craft sector, and has worked with many designers and design venues and events, such as London Design Festival/Tent, Barbican Shop, Lindsey Lang, Max Fraser and Mini Moderns.
Tuesday 16 January
1100-1200 Sue Pryke, Design-Nation ambassador and leading ceramics designer/maker. After designing simple and elegant homewares of the likes of IKEA and Next, Sue has more recently returned to handmade work in her East Midlands studio. She has an excellent eye for design and styling, and a wealth of ideas about to make displays interesting at both trade and retail fairs.
1400-1500 Adam Thow, Commercial Director at Soane Museum, where amongst other things he oversees licensing of their amazing cultural assets and brand. Adam has worked with and commissioned many designers throughout his career at leading cultural venues in London such as Barbican and Southbank Centre, and is happy to advise on how to engage with retailers and what to consider when pricing work.
We are grateful to Clarion Events for supporting our programme.
Portraits (top-bottom, L-R: AndrewTanner, Barbara Chandler, Margo Selby, David Gorrod, Sue Pryke, Adam Thow. (Sue's portrait by Yeshen Venema.)

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