CSM graduate aiming to develop fine jewellery line with retailer.
EC One has announced the winner of its Unsigned graduate competition as Katie Jamieson, a Central Saint Martins graduate with whom it will potentially develop a fine jewellery collection.
Jamieson was one of four finalists in the Unsigned competition this year, and took part in the final stage of judging earlier this week, alongside Daniela Cardillo, Elise Goldin and Filipa Oliveira.
She told Professional Jeweller: “Frankly I’m still too excited to take it in, but winning the EC One Unsigned competition is a huge honour. As a recent graduate it will give me invaluable support in transitioning from graduate to professional designer. I am thrilled about launching my brand with EC One behind me.”
Jamieson will develop her collections with EC One’s goldsmiths Jude Huntley and Jos Skeates, while its co-owner and head buyer Alison Skeates will provide business mentoring. She will also receive PR from Push PR once her collection has been finished.
During the judging stage, Jamieson hinted that she was trying out simpler designs to keep price points reasonable. She has worked in both silver and 18ct white gold, and uses gemstones such as coloured and white diamonds, tsavorites and sapphires.
Her graduate collection, Hidden, is said to be directly inspired by the secret garden hosted at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2011. She appeared on the Bright Young Gems stand at IJL with her collection.
EC One Unsigned was judged by EC One’s Jos Skeates and Jude Huntley, blogger Beanie Major, Unsigned 2011 winner and Professional Jeweller NexGem Clarice Price Thomas, IJL event director Sam Willoughy and Professional Jeweller deputy editor Kathryn Bishop.