This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book. Giftware Review May/June 2014 13 Story of a Product Bowled over by Georgia’s designs

Sheer talent and a stubborn determination to see her designs on the market have seen Georgia Wilkinson (pictured) become an accomplished fabric designer with products that perfectly reflect interior trends of the moment. Her clear and colourful designs are at

once contemporary but with a retro influence and they have been attracting attention in major interiors and style magazines. With such an intriguing profile style it is almost fitting that Georgia works out of a 1930’s cricket pavilion in North Yorkshire. This blend of old and new continues in

her method of working and her design technique combines old-fashioned pen and ink with the very latest design technology. Georgia said: “I always begin by

drawing my designs in black and white, pen on paper. Nothing could be more traditional. But then I transform them into striking, colourful patterns using the latest

realised there was an opportunity to produce her own finished products and they now include everything from placemats and coasters to cushions and the lampshades which remain her strongest line. Only recently she changed her company name back to Georgia Wilkinson. At Spring Fair Georgia showcased

her new placemats and coasters with designs ranging from magpies, bees and ladybirds to lobsters, puffins, men in suits and champagne glasses. She said: ”There is something for most tastes and moods.” The coasters and placemats are

Photoshop software. I take inspiration from the timeless birdsong around my studio in the countryside.” Georgia

knew she wanted to design from a very early age and said her schooldays were dominated by a love of art. After studying for a degree in contemporary Craft she discovered a love of screen printing and pattern making and followed up with an MA in Surface Pattern. After three years working in London

she realised she missed the countryside and decided to head home to seek fresh inspiration and strike out on her own. With a small loan from her parents the beautiful old cricket pavilion provided the perfect office, studio and workshop. In 2009 she was ready to set up her

fabric design company under the banner, Jorja Wilkinson design. She quickly

made from hardboard and backed with cork and each design is

sold in a set of four complete with presentation box. Georgia also launched two new colour versions of her best- selling

and four placemats £38.50. They are sold in shops across the UK from Totnes in Devon to the Orkneys in Scotland and Georgia works hard to raise her profile by holding creative design workshops including lampshade making classes in

Magpie lampshades at the show – already available in pink and turquoise they now come in green and yellow. She said: “Spring

Fair is a great platform to launch new products and I look forward to it immensely. Designing is a very personal and, on occasions, lonely process, so it is great to have the opportunity to meet fellow designers and the general public to test the reactions to what I have created.” All products are

competitively priced with individual jotters starting from £1.75, a pack of four coasters costs £12, lampshades £32

local towns Thirsk, Easingwold and Boroughbridge. She also offers a bespoke service

saying: “I am happy to re-colour any of my designs to meet your own specifications.”

...there is something for

most tastes and moods...

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