EC One announced the winner of its annual Unsigned competition at a ‘platinum’ party held in Clerkenwell, London, last night (September 17).
The collections of four emerging designer-makers were presented to a panel of judges last week, with Hoonik Chang taking the top spot.
EC One co-founder Jos Skeates said: “Hoonik’s work is outstanding and we are delighted to be able to help him in the next stage of his career. We love seeing the huge amount of creativity from our entrants and it is a privilege to be able to work with such talented individuals”.
The competition, now in its fifth year, encourages recent graduates to submit their work via social media, which is then voted for by friends and EC One’s own loyal fan base, before being judged by a panel of experts. 2015 saw an increase in applicants from a total of 18 colleges, universities and part time jewellery design courses.
Previous winners of Unsigned include Myia Bonner, Clarice Price-Thomas, Katie Jamieson and Flora Bhattachary.
All four have gone on to develop their collections and are currently stocked at EC One as well as elsewhere. The prize includes mentoring for a year by Alison and Jos, showcasing their work within the store, and manufacturing advice from EC One’s team of Goldsmiths.
The winner of the competition will also be receive a free place on Getting Started, The Goldsmiths’ Company’s prestigious business short course run in January each year. Held at the state-of-the-art Goldsmiths’ Centre, Getting Started is an intensive week long course designed to help goldsmiths who have graduated in the last five years to get to grips with the practicalities of setting up a business, or working as part of a workshop.