Design contest to encourage aspiring designers to use palladium.
London college Central Saint Martins is working with the Palladium Alliance to encourage up-and-coming designers to use the metal by running a student palladium jewellery design competition.
The competition has attracted designers from a range of the school’s disciplines including jewellery, architecture and fashion.
The competing MA students have already begin work on their designs, which will be judged by a panel of experts including former Central Saint Martins student and fashion luminary Giles Deacon.
The five most inspirational designs will be made in limited edition and will then be showcased at an event at the college in March 2011.
An overall winner will be selected from the final five who will win a placement with an established fashion designer as well as a cash reward.
Central Saint Martins course director Simon Fraser said: “I have to say that competitions are always exciting, but competitions with precious metals bring something that little bit more special. We’re exploring the possibilities of palladium as a precious metal. Certainly it is one that has been a minor precious metal it’s not one that’s been used extensively across the industry and that gives us a whole set of new opportunities, a whole chance to discover new aesthetics which are going to be part of the precious metal production over the next 10, 15, 100 years.
“I think it’s going to be very interesting to see how design as an agency works with this new material regardless of what people’s discipline or background is. It’s very important to study to understand how the industry works, the speed at which it works and the need for design discipline. In the next stage of the project it’s going to be interesting to see how people address that as a design issue and how they are going to manage to bring some of the things they’ve been talking about into reality.”