HOMELINK is delighted to announce that leading craft, design and interiors personalities will lend their expertise to judge winners for the ‘Home is where the craft is’ creative challenge.

Interior design expert and popular prime-time TV presenter, Linda Barker, along with her former ‘Changing Rooms’ co-presenter, Oliver Heath, will reunite to judge the handcrafted items submitted for HOMELINK’s challenge. The pair will also be joined by Alinah Azadeh – artist, maker, writer, social activist and passionate ‘craftivist’ – who will add her creative expertise and craft knowledge to the judging team.

Linda Barker - one of the judges

Linda Barker

Linda Barker is a well-known TV presenter with a string of top-rating shows to her credit. She’s perhaps best-known as one of the design experts on the BBC’s hit show ‘Changing Rooms’ which firmly established her as one of the nation’s favourite designers. Linda originally trained as an artist, but, drawn to interiors, she went on to establish herself as a successful interior designer. Linda is a fervent fan of traditional crafts, and has played a part in the booming contemporary craft revival, championing decorative crafts and ‘up-cycling’ as a way to add style to the home.

Linda said: “Taking part in ‘Home is where the craft is’ is a great way of setting a personal design challenge or getting creative with friends and family, while showing support for HOMELINK’s #homes4families campaign. I’m really looking forward to seeing how creative people will be.”

Oliver Heath - one of the judges

Oliver Heath

Brighton-based designer, Oliver Heath, is a highly-regarded expert in the field of sustainable interior design. He runs a successful design practice, Oliver Heath Designs and is also a seasoned TV presenter working across a diverse range of programming for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and The Discovery Channel; his most recent show ‘Design SOS’ (BBC 1), was BAFTA nominated. Oliver has written three books – his latest ‘Urban Eco Chic’ (Quadrille) has sold over 30,000 copies. He frequently contributes to The Guardian, The Sunday Times, House Beautiful and BD Online.

Alinah Azadeh - one of the judges

Alinah Azadeh

Finally, artistic tour de force, Alinah Azadeh, has been creating interactive textile installations and live works for museums, galleries and diverse communities for over twenty years. She has worked for the National Portrait Gallery, South Bank Centre, Westminster Hall and internationally in France and China. Alinah is currently resident artist for Craftspace as part of We are Commoners who have produced the maker-based vimeo series, Craft in Common, for those in isolation and/or affected by Covid. Alinah’s work as an artist, maker and champion of creative endeavor make her a much-valued addition to HOMELINK’s judging team.

Submissions so far for the judges include a fascinating array of crafts that range from root carvings, tapestries and embroidery through to glass sculpture, crochet and felt work. Hobbyists, enthusiasts, retirees and children along with Guild-standard makers and established artists are just some of contributors who have taken part to date.

There’s still time left to submit an entry and be a contender for one of the following prize categories: ‘Outstanding effort’,  ‘Best craft newcomer (under 16s)’,  ‘Best team or family entry’ and ‘Judges’ favourite entry’.

HomesForFamilies logo Submit by September 21st and shortlisted items will be put into HOMELINK’s #homes4families fundraising auction which aims to raise funds for the local families HOMELINK helps into homes. The auction will open on September 26th and will close for bidding at 9pm on Saturday 10th October, ‘World Homeless Day’.

You will be able to view and enter the auction via the ‘Home is where the craft isweb page from September 26th onwards.