In May, we launched our seventh My Country Business Awards in association with Not On The High Street, a leading supporter of small businesses. Meet the amazing people who won…
Katherine Midgley & Seamus Green, Midgley Green
Katherine Midgley and Seamus Green live in a small village in Somerset. They met at university and both have backgrounds in fine art. Katherine and Seamus always wanted to run their own business and the idea for an online contemporary crafts shop selling usable, functional things came about because they love handmade British goods.
‘We dipped a toe in online and started the business in April 2015,’ says Katherine. ‘We’re curators selecting design-led items that reflect the growing interest in sustainable crafts. We work alongside contemporary small-batch makers who produce traditionally crafted pieces for the home. The natural outdoors governs our taste and informs the work that we curate. Each product is in tune with the land, embracing where it has come from through material and design. We want our customers to feel like we’re bringing together a collection of work that is carefully selected for its form or function, rather than its turnover value.’
Katherine and Seamus visit craftspeople in their studios – making contact with the country’s best makers in wood, metal, ceramics, blacksmithing and tanning. ‘We sell the work of around 15-20 people with whom we have built strong relationships over the past year. We were thrilled to win a My Country Business Award. It’s nice to be recognized for what we’ve been working away at.’
What the judges said…
Midgley Green stood out for me as the quality craftsmanship came through strongly in the beautifully shot, atmospheric product pages of the website. I found the handmade uniqueness of each piece particularly appealing.
Anna Rigby, Head of Buying, Home, John Lewis