A university student from the University of Dundee has won the Ingle & Rhode 2017 Fairtrade Gold Design Awards.
Aspiring jewellery design undergraduate, Angela Gillies, 35, was the over all winner of the inaugural awards, after competing against more than 100 budding designers and impressing the panel of judges.
Highly commended designs, category winners, and the overall winner were announced at the Fair Luxury (FLUX) 2017 conference in Birmingham on April 25. This is the first year the awards have run, recognising up and coming talent within the jewellery design industry.
Gillies won £500 and a work experience placement with Ingle & Rhode who will also transform her submitted design into a piece of jewellery made from Fairtrade gold and adorned with fully-traceable ethically-produced Canadian diamonds.
The finished piece will be loaned to the winner to exhibit at her end of year show and New Designers exhibition, before it is auctioned by Ingle & Rhode to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation.
Tim Ingle, co-founder at Ingle & Rhode, which runs the Fairtrade Gold Design Awards, comments “The talent we have seen during these awards has been outstanding and we want to congratulate Angela for her stunning design. These awards were set out to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst jewellery students, apprentices and those early in their jewellery careers, and I feel we have achieved that.”
In addition to picking Gillies as the overall winner, the judging panel (composed of representatives from Ingle & Rhode, The Fairtrade Foundation, The Goldsmiths’ Company, Vipa Designs, and journalist Rachael Taylor) also selected three highly commended designs:
• Apprentices & Students in Further Education: Eva Reyburn (The British Academy of Jewellery)
• Undergraduates: Lucy Cormack (University of Dundee)
• Postgraduates & Early Careers: Karen Westland (Graduate of The Glasgow School of Art)
Elsewhere, a public vote held online, identified the following as the most popular designers in each category:
• Apprentices & Students in Further Education: Tommaso Iaquinta (British Academy of Jewellery)
• Undergraduates: Maggie Lin Jung-Hsuan (Birmingham City University)
• Postgraduates & Early Careers: Natalia Antunovity