Uckfield has Britain’s most creative designers

Woven Oak - Leo Hillier
Woven Oak - Leo Hillier

UCKFIELD designer-makers, husband and wife team Leo and Lizzie Hillier have been crowned Britain’s most creative designer-makers (textiles) in a nationwide campaign.

The Great British Maker campaign was run by e-boutique Seek & Adore and judged by a panel of experts including Homes and Antiques magazine’s editor Angela Linforth and Sian Evans, a jewellery designer and lecturer at Central St Martin’s, London.

The judges loved their use of a traditional form of block printing, used to create a very modern and contemporary design for their soft furnishings range.

Lizzie and Leo Hillier work in their studio designing block printed textiles. Their collection is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and merges this with contemporary shapes and colours. Each piece of Woven Oak fabric is printed by hand giving it an organic and individual quality.

As well as having the title of Britain’s most creative designer-maker, Woven Oak will have the opportunity to sell their work on e-boutique Seek & Adore for free for a year, as well as receiving publicity in Homes and Antiques plus other publications.

Hatty Fawcett, founder of Seek & Adore said: “We wanted to run this campaign to highlight the achievements of our very talented designer-makers, who often go unnoticed. 2012 has been all about celebrating Great Britain – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, the Paralympics and now the Great British Makers campaign, an opportunity to celebrate the nation’s creativity.

We’ve had so much fun discovering talented designer-makers from all sorts of disciplines and design backgrounds and we hope we’ve inspired people to find out more about their local designer-makers and support their creativity.”