Goldsmiths’ Company has revealed the winners of this year’s New Designers Awards.
All students exhibiting jewellery and silver in the Jewellery and Contemporary Design and Crafts zone at the New Designers trade show were considered for the awards, but it was Miki Asai and Andrew Fleming who were named winners in the Silversmithing and Jewellery categories respectively.
The New Designers Awards, sponsored by Goldsmiths’ Company, are the UK’s principal showcase of creative and innovative work from design graduates.
Upon receiving his award, Fleming commented: “I’m feeling very proud. It’s fantastic to be connected to such an established institution such as the Goldsmiths’ Company as it represents the best in silversmithing in the UK.”
Thrilled to win the top jewellery award, Asai added: “I’m really surprised but it was an amazing opportunity to make this brooch. It took a very long time and I’m really happy that people like it.”
The winners receive a week’s work experience in a professional workshop at the Goldsmiths’ Centre where they will focus on commercialising their own work.
They will also receive a bursary of up to £500 towards living expenses and a ‘special student hallmarking package, which includes a 10-year registration at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, laser software set-up for laser hallmarking, a complimentary behind the scenes tour of the Assay Office and free access to the Goldsmiths’ Company Library.
Judith Cobham-Lowe, prime warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, commented: “The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to recognise the amazing work of Andrew Fleming and Miki Asai. We are proud to back the next generation of industry stars through our support of New Designers, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s educational activities, and the London Assay Office’s special packages for students, among many other schemes.”