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what our members say

what our members say

what our members say

what our members say

what our members say


Angela Fung of Fung + Bedford (members since 2013)

DN has been so supportive. It’s made such a difference.

Anne Haworth (member since 2015)

It feels good to be part of such a diverse and creative community.  With its national network, Design-Nation presents a unique portfolio of new and established artists, designers and makers. It has supported me in my ceramic work and offers great opportunities for all its members whether that is to take part in major shows or to network with other creative people.

Antony Dain (moved up from Graduate Membership in 2020)

The team at Design-Nation have been so supportive, especially during these challenging times. They have been in near constant contact recently about all the opportunities and schemes available to us as makers. Also having such a large and active network of other members helps you to remember you are not going through this alone!

Caroline Egleston of Piccolpasso (member since 2019)
I’m really enjoying being part of Design-Nation. A buzzy, communicative network of support for designer-makers.

Cathy Green (member since 0222)

The whole event (London Craft Week 2022) was beyond my expectations, and I made several sales and lots of new contacts.

Fiona J Sperryn (member since 2020)

A big thank you to Design-Nation for making me feel so included right from the start. I feel connected with like-minded creatives, especially through the buddy scheme. I feel supported too – the team really work so hard to help the ‘DN family’.

Hannah White (member since 2020)

I really don’t know what I would have done without Design-Nation this year – you have all been amazing! I am excited about continuing to work with Design-Nation and its members and I am looking forward to future projects.

Julie Fewster of Inner Finn (member since 2018)

I can thoroughly recommend Design-Nation membership. It is great to be part of a professional body of makers and it has been such a fabulous supportive community during lockdown.

Jan Scott (member since 2014)

As part of Design Factory/Design-Nation I feel I have been able to grow creatively; being with like-minded friendly people makes a huge difference.  Exhibiting on a group stand at various shows has brought me exposure to new markets. I would never have attempted these shows on my own, I felt safe being part of a group.  I have been supported and nurtured and now have the confidence to take an individual stand.  Membership is now growing in my area and lots more opportunities are awaiting us for connections on a local level, I love being part of Design-Nation.

Joanna Terry (graduate member in 2019, full member since 2021)

As a recent graduate member I can’t thank Hayley at DN enough for all her uplifting emails and constant effort to keep everyone going through this very strange time.

Josie Walter (member since 2007)

Being part of Design-Nation keeps me really in touch with the activities of local and national makers. It is a supportive and stimulating community which encourages me to participate in a whole range of creative and commercial events in the UK and abroad.

Justine Allison (member since 2015)

I felt incredibly connected to the craft and design community. I haven’t managed to join many zooms, but I feel that there is so much support and in an unexpected way feel closer to it all even living in the wilds of west Wales! I definitely feel part of it.

Kira Phoenix K’inan (member since 2019)

The team at Design-Nation are extremely supportive of all their members and I am really proud to be one of them.

Laura Thomas (member since 2019)

I’ve been greatly impressed with all my dealings with DN. From the welcome meeting with Hayley Banks the membership manager, to the regular email updates and marketing opportunities, I’ve felt supported and valued. [In the first pandemic months when shows were cancelled] DN proactively looked at other ways of supporting members. As a result I’ve been able to take part in some valuable online training to support the development of my business. I wholeheartedly recommend DN membership to anyone looking to grow their design business with the support of a committed, enthusiastic and knowledgeable organisation.

Linda Bloomfield (member since 2014)

I really value being a member of Design-Nation. The connections and exhibition opportunities it has made possible have been fantastic.

Lucy Spink (member since 2020)

A huge thank you for all the work you put in. I am a member of a few groups and none of them work as hard or supply as much content for their members as Design-Nation and it is very gratefully received.

Majeda Clarke (member since 2018)

It’s one of the best memberships I have, and I get more value from you than I do with any other membership, craft or otherwise.

Melissa Montague (member since 2016)

I value being a member of Design-Nation because I feel part of a community of makers from all across the country, many of whom I have admired for a long time. I was feeling a little disconnected from everything recently and the buddy scheme that the team set up has really helped. The team is always working behind the scenes with some extremely valuable partners to really support makers and bring us the best opportunities to suit us. It is up to me to then seize those opportunities.

Michaela McMillan (member since 2012)

I’ve worked with and met amazing other makers and artists, and worked in a much loved collaboration which took on a life of its own.

Philip Koomen (member since 2020)

I joined Design-Nation to help reposition my creative practice and be part of an intergenerational community. DN has more than lived up to my hopes.

Suzanne Seed (joined as Graduate in 2019, full member since 2020)

It reminds me of how much can be achieved with the right people; DN is such a small team yet you achieve a colossal amount.


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