Handmade awards exist?

My curiosity

I was wondering if handmade awards exist at all, so I made my homework and have searched on net. I was suprised, though, about how many quality design awards and associations work to support innovations. These companies and organizations are having a suprisingly large scale of subjcts and topics for entering a competition. They have different categories and are all over the world. the list I have made is far from perfection, you might discover this world yourself, too. However, specifically I have not found handmade awards, let me introduce them, starting wih my favorite one.

Molly Makes

Molly Makes is life style magazine for creative people. They intrudce the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging people to adapt and share their own crafty spin on things. They have hot topics to discuss in the design world with lots of insider tips. And above all, they aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.
Showcasing and supporting the UK’s amazing array of designer-makers is a huge part of Mollie Makes’ ethos. Celebrating craftsmanship and creativity is so important to them, as is discovering new talent. So the organized Molly Makes Handmade Awards last year. They would like to give a chance for people to show their talent by turning their passion for hand making into a way of life, and highlight the amazing things they do.
The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards are free to enter, and open to residents of the UK and Europe.

winners in 2018

European Product Design Award

The European Product Design Award™ was created to recognize the efforts of talented international product designers who aim to improve our daily lives with their practical, well-thought-out creations. They reward the strategic thinking and imagination which goes into making a great product.The Farmani Group, established in 1985, is the organizer of International Design Awards (IDA). Among the Jury you will find designers, blogger, curators, marketing specialists. People with interesting backrgounds and stories.
I love the diversity of finished products. If you have time to explore among the categories and photos, click on winners you will see plenty of beautiful and interesting designs.

Bird house made by Paul Kweton

Red Dot

Red Dot stands for belonging to the best in design and business. They run an international design competition, the “Red Dot Design Award”.
Red Dot looks back at a tradition spanning more than 60 years. On 30 July 1954, “Verein Industrieform” association was founded at the initiative of the head of Krupp’s Public Relations and Advertising department, Professor Dr. Carl Hundhausen. The aim of the association was to help make a more attractive environment. They wanted to modernise German consumer goods and make them fit for export and to be part of transforming the image of Krupp in the wake of the Second World War. 1955 saw the first annual design competition come into being, and on 5th of October the exhibition.
Can you imagine how it looked in the past century not long ago? I was amazed by the simple line of the AEG room, though. It is coming back, is not it?


International Design Awards - USA

A handful of designers, thinkers and entrepreneurs created the International Design Awards in 2007. Most importantly, as a response to the lack of recognition and celebration for smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design. Architects and interior designers, product designers, graphic designers and fashion designers are invited to submit their work for the IDA design competition.
Though, they have a fashion section, honestly I found the architecture section more fascinating.

Lead DesignersMonika and Adam Bronikowscy


Last, but not least, let me show you Core 77 that was established in 1995. I like the idea that they have student candidates, as well. Similarly, they have special categories only professionals can enter. The jury is international. They have plenty of categories one might apply for.
I know that many organizations and people help developing countries to support artisan work. I was happy to see among the winners a Master Artisan Program. This is a non-profit education program that provides a mixture of design and business education.

Fashion4Freedom Master Artisans
Chi Thoai From The Ta Oi Tribe working with American Designee