Young designer wins business mentoring and store placement in EC One.
EC One has selected Flora Bhattachary as winner of its Unsigned competition, which has been unearthing and promoting new jewellery design talent since 2010.
As the winner Bhattachary receives active business mentoring for a year by EC One owners Alison and Jos Skeates; her work will be showcased within the store; and she will have access to manufacturing advice from EC One’s team of goldsmiths.
The Unsigned competition encourages recent graduates to submit their work via Facebook and Instagram, which is then voted for by friends family and EC One’s fan base.
The final four competitors showed their work to a panel of industry judges who unanimously chose Flora Bhattachary.
Alison Skeates said: “We always enjoy the Unsigned competition as we get to see inspiring and diverse work by the graduates who enter and this years was one of the strongest by far. It was a difficult decision to choose from the final four as all of the designers have a very distinctive style, however Flora was unanimously voted for by all of the judges and we are thrilled to be working with her in the next stage of her career.”
Previous winners of Unsigned include Myia Bonner, Claris Price-Thomas, and Katie Jamieson. All three have gone on to develop their collections and are stocked at EC One and elsewhere.
This year The winner of the EC One Unsigned competition will also be receiving a free place on Getting Started, The Goldsmiths’ Company’s prestigious business short course run in January each year.
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.
“Flora Bhattachary is a very driven and motivated designer-maker who is already starting to make waves within our industry. Flora’s style is a distinctive mix of bold statements and beautiful lapidary combined in clean, unique pieces. The Goldsmiths’ are always excited to support new talent during the early stages of their career and we are looking forward to welcoming Flora onto Getting Started 2015” explains Helen Dobson, projects officer at The Goldsmiths’ Centre.