Fabric designer sets pattern for success

York Press: Georgia Wilkinson Designs (7141774) Georgia Wilkinson Designs (7141774)

A TALENTED fabric designer from North Yorkshire has won national recognition for her work.

Georgia Wilkinson 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 company in 2009, and who uses a colourful 1930s cricket pavilion as her studio, office and workshop, said she was “delighted” by the recognition which follows last year's success in reaching the finals of Stylist Magazine’s Supporting Women In Making competition.

Alison Watson, of Country Homes & Interiors, said: “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.”

Georgia’s prizes include a place on the School for Creative Start-ups Bootcamp and one-month membership of its online community, and mentoring sessions with interior designer Vanessa Arbuthnott.

Georgia who will also be guest of honour at the magazine’s prize-giving ceremony in London in September attended Queen Mary’s School, near Thirsk, and Bootham School in York, before studying Contemporary Crafts at Manchester Metropolitan University and Surface Pattern Design at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

She then worked for the studio of the IVO Textiles printing factory in London, working on designs for companies such as Bennison, Vanessa Arbuthnot and Lewis & Wood, before returning to North Yorkshire.

Georgia Wilkinson Design produces modern prints for furnishing and fashion products, such as lampshades, cushions and noticeboards, influenced by the bold, clean lines of 1960s wallpapers and ceramics.

“It can be quite lonely working away by oneself, so this recognition has come as a great boost," said Georgia whose new range of place mats and coasters features magpies, bees, ladybirds and lobsters as well as men in suits.

Georgia’s products are stocked in shops across the UK.

She hopes to raise her profile by holding creative design workshops, including lampshade-making classes in Thirsk, Easingwold and Boroughbridge.

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