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Where it all began ...

As a five year old at Primary School, Georgia was often caught by her teacher bin diving for coloured scraps of paper. Her love of colour and pattern started at a young age!

... At school ...

Georgia was always more interested in art and design than any other subject and took Art and Design Technology for GCSE and then at A level.

... The studio ...

In 2005 Georgia acquired her beautiful cricket pavilion studio. The local cricket club had built a new pavilion and were offering the old one to whoever was mad enough to try and move it. With the help of a crane and a tractor and trailer the pavilion moved perfectly to its new home on the family farm.

... Time to further her knowledge ...

In 2001 Georgia studied Contemporary Crafts for BA at Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in Ceramics and Textiles. It was only in her third year that she discovered her love of screen printing and pattern making, a true light bulb moment!

... Even further ...

Wanting to further her knowledge in print; Georgia went on to study for a Masters in Surface Pattern Design at UCLAN in Preston in 2004.

... The first textiles job ...

Moving to London in 2006, Georgia took a job with a textile printing factory, working in their design studio. Starting as a junior, she was soon promoted to assistant studio manager. If she thought she had learnt a lot at university, it was nothing compared to 3 years in industry.

... Leaving the smoke ...

Missing her country roots and bursting with her own design ideas Georgia moved back to Yorkshire in 2009. With a small loan from her parents she bought a computer and set her business Jorja Wilkinson Design from the cricket pavilion studio.

... The first fabric collection ...

2010 saw the launch of Georgia's first fabric collection, which consisted of nine designs, each in two different colourways. One of these was the Magpie design, which is still one of her best selling designs and also featured on the company logo.

... The shop front ...

Georgia set up a basic webpage at the very beginning of the business, but it wasn't until 2010 that she created an e-commerce site, so that customers could buy fabric with ease.

... expanding the product range ...

Realising that selling ready made products, was actually easier than selling meterage of fabric, Georgia soon moved into sewing up cushions and making noticeboards. It wasn't until a chance encounter with an online clip that sparked the idea of making lampshades, now her best selling product.

... supplying the masses ...

In 2011 Georgia took a stand at her first trade fair. This was a great success and opened up a lucrative addition to the business. It also brought the brand to a wider audience, supplying shops from London to Orkney and numerous other towns and cities in between. Georgia continues to do two major trade fairs each year to showcase new designs or products.

... In the public eye ...

Over the course of her business, Georgia has had her products featured in a number of magazines, including, Elle Decoration, Homes and Gardens, BBC Good Homes and Period Ideas. In Oct 2012, Country Living ran a whole article on the business and studio space.

... Branching out ...

In summer 2013 Georgia decided to invest in some new printing equipment, to expand the product range a little further with the addition of a selection of placemats, coasters and mugs.

... Growing with the business ...

In Autumn 2013 it was obvious that the pavilion could no longer cope with the amount of materials, equipment and packaging products needed for the day to day running of the business. Rather than leaving the heart of the company for a new premises, Georgia instead acquired a portable cabin extension.

... New Year, fresh identity …

After much debate Georgia decided to re-brand the company in Jan 2014, using her own name. So Jorja Wilkinson Design was laid to rest and Georgia Wilkinson was born.