Mollie Makes, the UK's number one contemporary handmade title has launched its first ever awards and I'm delighted to be one of the judges.
Enter now (by 25th May) into one of 5 categories, The Youth Award, The Startup Award, The Established Business Award, The Social Enterprise Award and the Creative Idea Award.
Here are some interesting stats about the booming craft scene from Mollie Makes:
● 71% of British females said they had taken part in a craft activity in the previous year.
● There are now 17.4 million women taking part in these activities, up 11 % on 2011.
● Of the 7.1 million British women who have tried a new craft in the last 12 months, 41% of them were aged under 35.*
● And increasing numbers of designer makers are looking to make money from their handmade products.*
Katherine Raderecht, Head of Lifestyle at Future, says:
“Contemporary handmade crafting is a thriving scene and Mollie Makes is at its centre. As more and more young people are getting involved – and using their creative talent and skills to start businesses and social enterprises we wanted the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards to celebrate their achievements. And we’re so pleased to have a stellar array of judges and involvement from John Lewis, Etsy, the Guardian, Crafty Fox Market, Sew Over It and Lisa Levis.”
Prizes on offer include a stall at Crafty Fox Market and Crafty Fox Talks tickets as well as a day with Etsy getting business advice, mentoring sessions with Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It and Lisa Levis (Betty & Walter / Ada Rose), £500 cash and the opportunity to be featured in Mollie Makes. Read more and enter here.