Young Scottish jeweller shortlisted for award

Robyn Kinsman Blake designs jewellery and silverware at her studio in Smaiholm in the Borders.

Robyn Kinsman Blake could win £3k in prize judged by Jolomo.

A young jewellery designer in the Scottish Borders has been shortlisted for the 2010 Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) Jolomo Awards taking place in Oban this month.

Robyn Kinsman Blake, aged 23, who designs jewellery and silverware at her studio in Smaiholm is among seven finalists whose work is being considered by John Lowrie Morrison [Jolomo] for the prestigious award and £3,000 cash prize.

The Jolomo PSYBT Awards were launched in March 2008 with the help of a £10,000 donation from Jolomo to inspire more young people with arts and crafts backgrounds living in North West Scotland and the Highlands and Islands to set up their own businesses.

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This year the awards have been extended to eligible arts and crafts businesses throughout Scotland and the prize money has been increased, reflecting the John Lowrie Morrison’s aspirations for encouraging creative arts in Scotland. The finals will take place at Jolomo’s Kranenburg Gallery in Oban on the December 9.

Lowrie Morrison said: "We have been delighted by the quality of applications which was extremely high. I have been a long-term fan of PSYBT and am thrilled to be involved with them in this initiative. I hope that these Awards will encourage a renewed passion for Scottish arts and crafts by showcasing the talent and creativity of Scotland’s young people”.

Blake, who is an Edinburgh College of Art graduate, set up her studio in Smailholm in the Scottish Borders in October 2009 thanks to funding and assistance from PSYBT, which helps 18-25 year olds start up and continue in business. Inspired by the diverse range of colours, textures, patterns and forms found in the animal kingdom the young designer creates unique pieces of jewellery and silverware, using her sketches and paintings which are abstracted and translated into silver and wood. She also transforms old jewellery, stones and silverware into contemporary bespoke pieces which she sells in the Kinsman-Blake Ceramics and Gallery and a wide variety of galleries and other outlets.

PSYBT chief executive Mark Strudwick said: “Jolomo is without a doubt one of Scotland’s best loved contemporary artists and we are delighted to be joined with him in this partnership which serves to provide increased business start-up opportunities and recognition for young people in the creative arts sector in Scotland.”

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