Students from Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow scooped jewellery prizes.
Part One of the annual New Designers showcase kicked off on June 25 with British jewellery designer Alex Monroe unveiling the graduate winners of this year’s coveted design awards.
The awards, which are presnted in partnership with leading brands and organisations, recognise rising stars in the design world, offering winners and runners-up support as they embark on a professional career.
This year’s jewellery winners include Karen Elizabeth Donovan from the Edinburgh College of Art, who wowed the judges with her gold and titanium necklace. Donovan will now benefit from a week long internship with a London jeweller and a registration package for the London Assay Office.
She explained: “I’m really excited to be here. I really enjoy my work and it’s great to be recognised. It’s great to be following in the footsteops of last year’s winner, Kelly Munro, and I will be looking to her example to develop my business plan.”
The New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Silversmithing was presented to Clive Taylor of Birmingham City University, whose Executive LED desk lamp is controlled by a smartphone app.
Weston Beamor was also on hand to present its special award to Glasgow School of Art graduate Lindsay Hill for her Imperfections collection. She was praised for her commitment to creating a professional and technically-accurate range that was rooted in a clear concept. She admitted: “It’s unbelievable to have won – everyone’s work shows so much talent, to be picked out is fantastic.”
This year’s winner of the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Award was textiles designer and Leeds College of Art graduate Charlotte Beevor, who impressed with her Expressionist Colour collection. She will receive a £1,500 cash prize alongside legal advice, accounting and taxation services and PR and marketing shortcourse worth £500.
In his opening speech, Alex Monroe said: “The opening line of most speeches will tell you that Briatin rules the waves in terms of art and design, we have all the innovation here, we’re edgy, at the banguard of global design. The unique flavour to our wonderful British cretaivity.”
He continued: “We must resist moving towards educating syudents on online coursem which are much cheaper of course, but let’s remember the importance of the sensory in art and design. Holding a tool, the mess of a workshop or the smell of fresh cut wood. And just plain getting dirty.”