Four designers now set to battle it out for mentoring with retailer.
London retailer EC One has announced the four finalists in its 2012 Unsigned competition – Filipa Oliveira, Daniela Cardillo, Katie Jamieson and its wild card for this year, Elise Goldin.
The four finalists will now go head to head facing a panel of judges who will want to find out how the EC One mentoring program will help them expand and develop their collections and business.
This is the third year that EC One has run its Unsigned competition, a scheme that was last year run by Clarice Price Thomas – who has since gone on to be a Professional Jeweller 2012 Treasure competition winner and Hot 100 NexGem – and Myia Bonner, who won the inaugural competition in 2010.
This year’s finalists were revealed after more than 3,600 votes – cast as Likes on the EC One Facebook page – with the top 10 driving their votes using Facebook, Twitter and newsletters.
The top three with the most votes automatically went through along with Elise Goldin, a wildcard chosen by EC One.
The final four will meet judges selected from within the jewellery industry. The winner will then work with EC One for a year, gaining insight into manufacturing from EC One’s goldsmiths, business mentoring from head buyer Alison Skeates and the opportunity to stock EC One with their collections.
Filipa Oliveira graduated two years ago and this year showcased her work at New Designers One Year On. Her collections feature delicate, filigree-like wire designs with intricate patterns.
Daniela Cardillo works with dyed horse hair and cast rodent bones and to make fashion-led jewellery, while Katie Jamieson’s kaleidoscopic gem-set designs were showcased as part of the Bright Young Gems initiative at IJL this year.
This year’s wild card, selected by EC One, is Elise Goldin. Her work is crafted in wood and then painted and adorned with decals to appear like faceted gemstones.