Get To Know Us


 

Hello and welcome to whatialwayswanted.com. We launched in May 2012 and our site was born out of a love of beautiful things, a passion for quality designs and an admiration for the emerging creative talent in the UK.

 

Feedback from our customers and designers has allowed us to develop as a platform to champion the quality and luxury of handmade designs from independent creative businesses in the UK. Within our kitchens and outhouses many of our budding designers of tomorrow are creating and testing out their latest designs. Handmade often means unique and quality but it can also mean luxury. We select our designs based on these three criteria and we hope you love what we have chosen for you. We know there are many platforms championing handmade British design, as there should be, but we want to stand out and show you quality and luxury every time to ensure our products make you say this is What I Always Wanted!

 

My name is Ann Ellison, owner of WIAW, and I would like to introduce you to our team of young creatives who are all at the very beginning of their careers. They bring the wonderful designs of our very talented designer-makers to you via their unique skills of creative word, imagery and graphic design.

 

 

 

 

Emily - PR and marketing         

1) What degree have you studied?
BA Journalism

2) What three people would you invite to your ideal dinner party?
JK Rowling, Lady Gaga, and Peter Doherty

3) Do you have any hidden talents?
I've been doing origami since I was eight

4) When would you travel back in time to?
Ancient Egypt, because they worshipped cats

5) What’s your favourite read?
Vurt, by Jeff Noon

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  George - graphic design 

georgedunkley.com

George

1) What degree have you studied?
  Graphic Design and Communication at Salford University.

2) What’s your guilty pleasure?
While I’m working I listen to a lot of cheesy 90s songs on Spotify, especially on a Friday.

3) What’s your favourite pig out food?
I don’t eat as much junk as I used to, but I could eat my way through a ‘share size’ bag of Doritos no problem.

4) What’s your dream job?
I’d like to be a designer abroad. I find the sun makes me more creative and I can work outside and take my sketchbook to the beach.

5) When would you travel back in time to?
I would travel back to Christmas 1999 when I was 8 years old. I remember that year so well.

 

sam wyatt  - graphic design intern  

http://www.behance.net/samwyattdesign     

1) What degree are you studying?
I’m currently at Salford University studying Graphic Design and Communication

2) What’s your guilty pleasure?
  One of my guilty pleasures is listening to hip-hop. I love listening to it but I know it's not everyone's cup of tea.

 3)What’s your favourite pig out food?

I could literally go through tubs and tubs of salt and vinegar Pringles; I think I’m addicted.

4) What’s your dream job?
Realistically, I’d love to design for an Independent magazine, or work for a small, print based design agency. Alternatively though, a job were I just get paid to travel the world or get given loads of cool things for free would be fine.

5) When would you travel back in time to?
I’d travel back to Manchester in the late 70’s and 80’s, during the time of Factory Records and the Hacienda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

abby mckay

Abby McKay

1) What degree are you studying?
BA (Hons) Journalism and Creative Writing.

2) What’s your favourite pig out food?
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream definitely, I have a huge sweet tooth.

3) What’s your dream job?
I’d love to be a travel journalist; I have a passion for visiting new places and learning about other cultures.

4) When would you travel back in time to?
I’d choose to go back to the 1920s; the fashion is amazing and I’d love to have to gone to a Jazz club too!

5) Which is your no. one ’feel good’ film?
Pixar’s Up, always makes me feel good, I’m a child at heart so I love Pixar films.

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

tom harrison   

Tom Harrison

1) What degree are you studying?
My degree is Creative Writing and Journalism as a Combined Honours.

2) What three people would you invite to your ideal dinner party?
 For my dinner party I would have to invite Stephen Fry (the man is a genius and so funny), Derren Brown (I can't get over how good he is!) and David Beckham as he's been a childhood hero of mine for years.

3) What’s your dream job?
My dream job would be to write for a magazine or newspaper about the things i love. For a film or gaming magazine would probably be my favourite but i just love to write in a magazine or column style.
 
4) When would you travel back in time to?
I would travel back in time probably to the Italian Renaissance, a great time of invention, innovation and creativity that I would dream of exploring!

5)  Who would you most like to meet from the past?
A famous person from history is a very difficult question! Someone like Leonardo da Vinci would be amazing as I love that whole time period. I'd also like to meet Jesus, just to see what all the fuss was about!

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

victoria hepworth

Victoria Hepworth

1) What degree are you studying?
BA (Hons) Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire

2) What's your favourite read?
Harper Lee's To 'Kill A Mocking Bird' or any good murder mystery

3) What’s your dream job?
I have always wanted to work as a Chief Inspector Detective for a murder squad, but realistically I would love to become a successful journalist for a popular women's glossy magazine.

4) What's your guilty pleasure?
The Only Way is Essex (as much as I hate to admit it).

5) What three people would you invite to your ideal dinner party?
Beyonce, Karl Pilkington and Stephen Fry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

helen murray    

1) What degree did you study?
I graduated last year with Joint Honours in English Literature and History of Art.

2) What three people would you invite to your ideal dinner party?
I would have to say Yayoi Kusama, Ernest Hemingway and Ryan Gosling. We’d drink mojitos and discuss gender roles in society.

3) When would you travel back in time to?
My granddad told me 150 years ago I’d be working in a mill so I’d probably stick to the 1960s.

4) What’s your favourite read?
I’ve read A Kestrel For a Knave by Barry Hines about 27 times and it gets better every time I read it.

5) Which is your No.1 ’feel good’ film?
I’m torn between Mean Girls and The Devil Wears Prada.