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.
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’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 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 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 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.