Modern Crafter Award
This award recognises that the future is handmade and that, in an increasingly automated world, the crafts of years gone by will hold more value than ever. It champions the makers, the ones who painstakingly persevere to create their wares using traditional methods, skills and techniques – even if they’re creating something highly contemporary in feel. It’s not about being the quickest or making the most of something. It’s about creating something exceptional by crafting with intention.
There are two lucky winners for this award: the first will receive £10,000 and the second will receive £5,000. You can read the full Terms and Conditions for The Independent Awards here and read all of our FAQs here.
This award is sponsored by Adobe Express, an accessible and user-friendly design platform that supports and champions creative small businesses.
HOW TO VOTE
When you vote in the Independent Awards you’re letting a real person know that you believe in them and what they’re building — as well as giving them a chance to win a cash prize of £5,000 or £10,000, which can really help their business.
- Vote for your favourite Nominee by tapping the button in their box below and entering your details
- You can vote for one business per category
- Verify your vote within 24 hours (verification will be sent to your inbox, so do check your junk folder)
- Head over to the other category pages and vote for your favourites for those awards too
Votes cast up until 5pm on the 24th November will help select the category Finalists, and any votes made after this time will still count towards the People’s Choice Award. Please see our Ts&Cs for further details.
Vote for your favourite nominee
Each of these independent businesses has been selected for being outstanding in this category. Which is your favourite?
Brimble Studio creates unique characters into handcrafted, functional pieces for the home using traditional techniques. Founder and maker Jo aims to have as much fun as possible creating the ceramics in her ‘shed of dreams’, whilst also hoping to bring smiles to many faces.
Made by hand in London and forged from beautifully deep and rich recycled gold, Cece Jewellery creates luxury, fine jewellery. Their meticulous process, as well as pearl and diamond embellishments, mean that every ring is individual to the wearer; a mystical heirloom to last generations.
Made from FSC certified paper, Leo Flowers create sustainable, long-lasting alternatives to the real thing. Each petal is cut, shaped and coloured by hand by founder Jessie, meaning no two flowers are exactly the same. From single stems to giant displays, Leo Flowers bloom all year round.
Encouraging everyone to pause and pay gratitude to the small moments in life, student nurse Mimi Dickson creates miniature, hand painted, hand cut scenes that aim to celebrate a sense of home that we all seek. Her work captures charm, nostalgia and atmosphere to create truly unique pieces.
Nouko Knives was forged from Konstantinos’ passion for high quality, handcrafted tools. He creates beautiful kitchen knives from scratch using quality materials from his workshop in Bristol. They also offer knife making classes which have been enjoyed by students all over the UK for more than four years.
Founded by textile artist Nicola Woollen, Quilt Club is a free weekly workshop that unites people from all walks of life who otherwise might never have met and brings them together to achieve the seemingly impossbile. Using traditional methods, they make large public art installations.
Women-owned business WAX Atelier uses traditional techniques (ranging from candle dipping to paper making) and environmentally low-impact processes to create their small-batch products. Their team consists of a rich mix of makers from the local community, experienced designers and young graduates.