Pilmoor Fabric Designer Wins National Award
11:42am 13th June 2014
Georgia Wilkinson, one of North Yorkshire’s most accomplished young fabric designers, has won a prestigious national magazine competition.
Georgia, who runs the Pilmoor-based Georgia Wilkinson Design, has triumphed in the Interiors category of the Country Homes & Interiors My Country Business Awards.
Georgia, who set up her fabric design company in 2009, and who uses a colourful 1930s cricket pavilion as her studio, office and workshop, is “absolutely delighted and humbled” by the news.
Alison Watson, the marketing manager of Country Homes & Interiors, commented: “The judges were really blown away by the quality of all of the short-listed businesses, but they thought that the Georgia Wilkinson brand stood out as a clear winner. So well done to Georgia.”
Georgia’s prizes include: A place on the School for Creative Start-ups Bootcamp; one month membership of the School for Start-ups online community; three mentoring sessions with Vanessa Arbuthnott, Owner and Founder of Vanessa Arbuthnott, the leading interior design company; and £150 worth of products from Vanessa Arbuthnott.
Georgia will be featured in a My Country Business Award Winners article in the October edition of Country Homes & Interiors October issue. She will also be the guest of honour at the magazine’s prize-giving ceremony in London in September.
Alison Watson explained: “We received an overwhelming response to the awards this year, with over 100 entries in total – more than any other year. The quality of the entries was also far higher than in previous years, which made deciding on a short-list of entries and winners very tricky indeed”.
Georgia said: “I am especially pleased about winning this prestigious award. It is satisfying, but also humbling, for my work to be appreciated by my peers,” she explained. “This win comes in the wake of my success in Stylist Magazine’s Supporting Women In Making competition last year, when I made it through to the finals, so this double has given me confidence and pride in my designs.”
“It can be quite lonely working away by oneself, so this recognition has come as a great boost, especially as it follows the launch of my new range of placemats and coasters.
“I am very proud of my new placemats and coasters. The designs range from magpies, bees and ladybirds, to lobsters, puffins, men in suits and champagne glasses, so there is something for most tastes and moods.
“Although the subject matter is varied, I feel that my distinctive design style links the new range together as a coherent whole. Essentially I want my designs to look great and to make people smile. Fun designs add a splash of energy to any interior space or accessory,” she explained.
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