Well now I can reveal all!
Today, Etsy are launching their very first Etsy Design Awards in the UK and Ireland.
There will be six awards to celebrate a range of product categories that’ll see winners in with a chance of winning a £10,ooo small business bursary, as well as having their products featured at the prestigious London Design Festival this September.
And along with three hugely influential, leading lights of the creative design industry – I’m very, very proud to announce that I am one of the four judges!
Along with Etsy, we will be selecting the cream of the crop from a number of categories, including Kids and Babies, Fashion & Accessories, Home & Interiors, Retail Star, New Talent and People’s Choice.
The five main category gold winners will receive a £2500 small business grant each, while the People’s Choice winner will receive £10,000 small business grant.
The Retail Star award winner, will get the chance to stock their products in John Lewis, while the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will exhibit at the London Design Festival.
If you haven’t checked out Etsy before, you really should! I’ve been a fan for, like, ever. Small craft-based businesses all own their own stores, operated under the umbrella of Etsy as a brand. I’ve spent hours on the site, looking for art, children’s nursery decor and even jewellery. And once you start favouriting items, their clever algorythms direct you to other sellers they think you’ll like.
You can follow me on Etsy here to see lots of my favourites, but I’ve included a few here to show you the breadth of design talent.
Stationery Boutique might be based in the US, but they’re a brilliant example of a small business with a super stylish little store on Etsy. I treated myself to one of their address stamps when we moved house.
Max Made Me Do It is Carol, a South London illustrator who I actually met several times during our monthly street fair in London. Lila owns one of their gorgeous alphabet posters.
I have my beady eye on one of Lola Donoghue‘s gorgeous abstract canvases for our new house. I love her use of colour and her work has just a great energy.
And I’ve featured the designs of Yvonne Ellen before and even own her ‘Gin’ teacup. But while her work is now sold in Liberty, you can see all of it on her Etsy store.
To nominate a seller, enter the awards or just find out more, visit their awards site here.
I’ll be revealing my favourite winners after the event too – so look out for that in a couple of months time!