The votes are in, the judges have spoken and we are super excited to finally announce the 21 amazing winners of the Etsy Awards UK and Ireland 2016!
Here at Etsy we work our socks off to make sure we’re always shouting loud and proud about the amazing talent our community of sellers has to offer. The Etsy Awards are a series of design awards created to help us do just that! Anyone with an Etsy shop could enter, giving us the chance to showcase, celebrate and support the best makers and designers throughout the UK and Ireland.
We received thousands of applications, whittled them down to 60 amazing finalists and then passed it over to you – the public – to vote for your favourite shop to select our People’s Choice Award winner! The 5 main categories were judged by our expert panel of industry leaders, who carefully selected the gold, silver and bronze winners for each.
These talented designer-makers have all won the chance to exhibit with Etsy at TENT London during the London Design Festival, a tailored programme of business training from The Design Trust, PLUS £2.5K to each of the gold winners and a whopping £10K to the People’s Choice winner!
Scroll on down to see our amazing line up of winners and browse their shops!
People’s Choice Award
Winner: Sincerely Louise
Sincerely Louise designs DIY knitting kits that allow customers to create gigantic faux taxidermy trophy heads for their homes. She designs every element herself and hand prints and packs each kit. Enabling people to be creative is a driving force behind her business. Louise is also the author of ‘Faux Taxidermy Knits’.
Etsy New Talent Award
Open to any sellers who opened their Etsy shop in 2016, The Etsy New Talent Award highlights the freshest of Etsy picks. The gold winner will also receive a one year free membership to The Design Trust Business Club.
Gold winner: FeatherOak
Alexandra is 19 years old from rural Northumberland. She gathers many of her resources locally, including crystals, bone, sea glass and coal. Alex hopes to expand her jewellery production into working with precious metals such as silver and gold and would love to travel around Britain to gather more natural treasures for her work.
Fashion & Accessories Award
Gold winner: Pluck’d Designs
East Londoner Saffie pluck has developed her own reflective yarn using local mills and suppliers. She designs and hand knits reflective accessories and clothing for urban cyclists and runners.
Home & Living Award
Gold winner: Estampe and Co
A collaboration of two French artist-designers inspired by the Amazon, their patterns are based on endangered species and tribes native to Amazonian region and are designed to inspire eco-friendliness and habitat conservation. They are printed using non-toxic inks on non-woven paper from certified forests. 5% from each sale is donated to an organisation which promotes the sustainable use of resources.
Kids & Baby Award
Gold winner: Button and Blue
Amy is a Brighton based mum of two who started her Esty shop to facilitate flexible working hours around raising her children. She knits with natural fibres and her designs are minimal and classic with a pop of fun.
Retail Star Award
Open to any Etsy sellers who cater to wholesale production, this award comes with the added bonus of the chance to stock in John Lewis!
Gold winner: Yvonne Ellen
Yvonne Ellen homeware is a unique range of tableware designed to add charm and intrigue to the home. Yvonne combines a passion for beautiful fine bone china with a love of quirky, decorative illustration in her ranges.
The regional awards celebrate the cream of the crop from each regional within the UK and Ireland.
England – Studio Haran
A passionate husband and wife team based on a rural farm courtyard in Falmouth, Cornwall. Specialising in Furniture, Lighting and Home ware, they source materials as locally and ethically as possible. This means using Cornish timbers or otherwise FSC graded timber and using British suppliers. Sustainability is at the heart of everything Studio Haran does.
Scotland – Laura Spring Studio
Textile designer/maker, Laura Spring, is based in Glasgow, Scotland. She has a huge love for colour, print, pattern and process. Laura screen prints the majority of the collection from her own print studio and enjoys experimenting on the print table with colour and pattern to create new designs and ideas.
Wales – Jam Furniture Design
After 14 fun years as a product designer Ben Cramp, the designer behind Jam, decided to combine his passion for furniture with sustainability. Relocating from Brisbane Australia Ben is now based in Cardigan in the heart of Wales. “I believe in quality. I’m proud of everything Jam stands for and everything I make. Inspired by reclaimed timber and minimalist design, my passion is working with wood that tells a story, timber that has had a life long before I carried it through the workshop doors. I do all I can to preserve that story.”
Ireland – Matt Jones Turning
Matt feels passionately about buying quality, avoiding mass produced items and making choices that benefit his community and environment. By expressing these beliefs in his work he hopes that his work exists in this space and that Matt Jones Turning customers share these values.
Northern Ireland – Rebecca Killen Ceramics
Rebecca Killen creates unique products for the home and gift ware market using fine bone china, cobalt and hints of gold lustre all from her studio based in County Down. The collection, inspired by traditional blue and white patterns, is simple in form and consists of functional and decorative bottles, vessels and dishes.
Congratulations to all of our amazing winners, thank you to everyone who applied and to those who took the time to vote for their favourite shop in the People’s Choice!
Check out all of the winners and finalists in our dedicated editors picks here.
Tent London Takeover
We’ve got a date for your diary! Come see our finalists pieces on display at Tent London during prestigious The London Design Festival at the Old Truman Brewery, on the 22-25th September 2016. For further details, click here.
Thank you to all of our partners: The Design Trust, Red Magazine, The Edited, John Lewis, London Design Festival, Tent London, Crafts Council, Contemporary Applied Arts, Craft Central, Crafty Fox Market, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland, Emergents, Xpo North, Arts Council of Wales, Helfa Gelf, Craft NI, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Offset and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.
Inspired by our winners to open your own Etsy shop? Get started with 20 free listings! Simply enter the code: ETSYAWARDSUKIRELAND here and head over to read our top tips on how to get started on Etsy.