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…
Category: Home Accessory Crafters and Makers
Lauren Aston Designs
Lauren lives with her fiancé Alex Pierson and cockapoo puppy Harry in Devon. She has had a passion for knitting since childhood. ‘My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 11 and I then did a fashion and textile degree at Winchester School of Art where I specialised in knitwear’.
A visit to the Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, Devon, provided the spark for her business. ‘I saw the passion of the artists and makers and knew it was what I wanted to do. I love hand-knitting and wanted to create as quickly as possible, so I decided to knit super-chunky home accessories on giant knitting needles using lovely unspun merino wool.’
Lauren Aston Designs launched in February 2015. ‘My work is statement pieces for interiors – cushions, blankets, footstools and lampshades. I had a store-front on Not On The High Street and it took off from there. People hadn’t seen anything like it before – it’s knitting on a different scale! I was thrilled when I heard I’d won. I feel humbled.’
What the judges said…
Lauren’s work is original – I hadn’t seen anything like it before and that’s what you need to stand out from the crowd these days. She’s passionate about what she does and seems to have so much fun making her products.
Sophie Allport, Founder and Owner, Sophie Allport.