Swarovski and CSM reveal scholarship winners

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Frances Rose Knee and Robyn Smith win bursaries for final year.

Two Central Saint Martins (CSM) students have scooped scholarships from Swarovski to support them in their final year of study.

Jewellery student Robyn Smith and fashion student Frances Rose Knee were named as the 2013-14 recipients of bursaries offered by the crystal jewellery company. This is the third year that Swarovski has provided a bursary to two final year BA degree students.

The scholarship will support them financially in their final year, and will also be used to help them realise their design visions for their final major projects.

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Both Smith and Knee impressed the scholarship’s judging panel, which included Nadja Swarovski, CSM BA Jewellery Design course leader Caroline Broadhead, and the course leader of CSM’s BA Fashion, Willie Walters.

Jewellery student Robyn Smith impressed the judges with a collection of large-scale, sculptural jewels crafted from silicone rubber, leather and knitted textiles.

She said: “I’m honoured to have been awarded a Swarovski Scholarship. It was really unexpected as my classmates are so incredibly talented, but I am looking forward to having the freedom to concentrate on my final year with financial support and guidance from Swarovski.

“Oversized and constructed forms are my primary interest; refined and architectural shapes which subvert expectations and overthrow conventional considerations of what jewellery can be.”

The Swarovski Scholarships were launched in 2011 to help build on existing support programmes for emerging design talent at Central Saint Martins. A second scholarship programme for New York’s Parsons New School for design was initiated earlier this year, and Swarovski plans to announce additional scholarships globally in the near future.

Swarovski’s executive board member Nadja Swarovski said: “This year’s Swarovski Scholars are exceptional young talents whose work is considered and highly accomplished. We hope that this award will help them to grow creatively and realize their fullest potential.”

Last year’s Swarovski Scholars Lucy Offen and Benita Gikaite have both now graduated, are already establishing themselves in the creative industries, with Offen currently working for Asos as a print designer while Gikaite recently scooped the Marzee Graduate Award for her work.

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