Benita Gikaite scoops Swarovski CSM scholarship

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Lithuanian designer wins financial support to help her final year.

Central Saint Martins jewellery student Benita Gikaite has been announced as the recipient of the annual Swarovski jewellery scholarship.

Lithuanian Gikaite was chosen by a panel of judges that include Swarovski executive board member Nadja Swarovski, Saint Martins course director of BA Jewellery Caroline Broadhead and fashion journalist Hilary Alexander.

Gikate has a conceptual approach to jewellery and has created pop-up bracelets in the past with designs cut out of a flat sheet of material that when bended jump up to create an effect like that of a pop-up book or origami. She has also created a video exploring the concept of jewellery as art, which you can watch below.

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The Swarovski-CSM initiative is in its second year and provides a bursary for a final year Saint Martins jewellery student to support the students financially and help them realise their design visions.

Last year the Swarovski jewellery scholarship was won by Stephanie Bila who went on to exhibit as a Bright Young Gem at IJL this year. She is also completing an internship at Shaun Leane.

Nadja Swarovski said: “We launched the Swarovski Scholarships in 2011 to build on our support of emerging design talent at Central Saint Martins. We very much look forward to seeing the creative work of this year’s scholars.”

Swarovski also awards a scholarship to a Central Saint Martins fashion student, with this year’s bursary awarded to Lucy Offen of Staffordshire.

 

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