Our Story

Colin Wilson and Sarah Morehead are Messer’s Wilson and Benn

We came together as a duo in 2008

Colin graduated as a mature student from Northumbria University as a 3 Dimensional Designer working in Furniture and Fine products. His previous life skills as a Time Served Apprentice saw him travel to far-flung places. He wittingly describes himself, with a glint in his eye, as an industrial gypsy.

Sarah graduated from De Montfort University as a Fashion and Textiles Designer. Again no stranger to traveling the world and gaining valued friendships and an understanding of people and products.

As a duo we explore life through design, craft, product, film, sound and people. Our personal stories evidence a mixture of Industrial and Academic Practice. 

We are curious individuals and we play. Play in modern society is a fundamental part of exploring new things in new ways to provide new solutions to existing and future problems. To deny play is to deny our selves these opportunities.

It is through inquisitiveness and play that we offer a collection of things that are hand made and hand crafted. Our products are carefully designed with thought to their purpose. We use our skills, knowledge and expertise in taming our materials. Many of our designs have a narrative, a history, and pay reference to past traditions that maintain a heritage or support an industry.

We both source and collect the best materials from around the British Isles to carefully craft our products. We are keen to support our Local and National Economy. Where ‘ingredients’ come from farther afield it is because we honour and respect the skills of our peers in the making and transforming of raw fabrications into the malleable materials we use in our designs. All our products are designed and made on these shores that we call our home. 


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