Jeweller Swarovski and University of the Arts constituent Central Saint Martins have revealed Kristina Ferenchuk as the winner of the 2017 Jewelery Design compeititon.
The annual award, which has now been presented 16 times, encourages CSM 3rd year BA Jewelry Design students to “push the boundaries of creativity and innovation with crystal in jewellery design.”
The project looks to promote Swarovski’s commitment to integrating sustainability into the education initiatives that it supports by “challenging the next generation of creatives to think consciously about sustainable practices” in their design process.
Ferenchuk was awarded for her piece, which explores how human activity has contributed to vanishing ecosystems in the last decade. The Swarovski embellished concertina necklace represents the interconnection and symmetrical balance of the different organisms within nature.
Starting from 38 initial applications, ten students were shortlisted and supported by Swarovski to realise their concepts, working to the thematic brief of Vanishing Worlds.
Caroline Broadhead, program leader and course leader, BA Jewelry Design, CSM, commented: “Vanishing Worlds is a welcome theme as it makes people think broadly. This year’s project highlights an array of interpretations, from vanishing ecosystems to the vanishing custom tailor, and it fits into an increasing need and drive towards an awareness of sustainability and responsible practice.”
The importance of sustainability and responsible practice is underlined by the use of crystal and gemstones from Swarovski’s upcycling program which seeks to repurpose unused products into new materials.
Ferenchuk commented: “It has been an incredible experience to be able to work with Swarovski on this project. Using upcycled crystal has taught me how to be more aware of the materials that are used in jewelry design and how to make a piece within the constraints of the available materials.”
Runner-up Ruby Parker was also highly commended for her bread-based pieces. Her collection used Swarovski crystal to highlight the value of food and the issue of food waste.