Glasgow graduate Ieva Mikutaite wins New Designers Jewellery Award

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Glasgow graduate Ieva Mikutaite wins New Designers Jewellery Award

The future of British design assembled last night for the presentation of New Designers Awards to the UK’s most talented design graduates in the fields of Textiles; Fashion & Accessories; Contemporary Applied Arts; Jewellery and Precious Metalwork.

The awards took place as part of the 30th outing of New Designers exhibition in London.

Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers, praised the quality of this year’s award winners and encouraged them to use their talents to create amazing careers. “As New Designers sees its 30th edition this year our winners today have demonstrated it’s just as strong as it’s ever been. These designers are the future of the creative industries. I imagine they will look back on their experience in years to come and identify today as a turning point in their lives,” she said.

New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Jewellery was won by Ieva Mikutaite from Glasgow School of Art for her Articulation bracelet (pictured above). She wins a week of work experience in a professional workshop at the Goldsmiths’ Centre focusing on commercialising their own work, a bursary up to £500 and a special Student Hallmarking Package including free registration, one sponsors punch, a tour of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and free laser hallmarking set-up.

The full list of winners at the New Designers Awards winners is:

Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Award

Prize:  £1,500 cash prize plus £1,000 of legal advice from specialist intellectual property lawyer Briffa, £2,030 worth of accounting and taxation advice from accountancy expert Rhodes & Rhodes plus a dedicated half day focus on PR and marketing worth £500

Winner: Olivia Qi

University / College: Glasgow School of Art

Title of work: Knitwear collection

Judges’ citation: ‘The judges admired her innovative use of material, tenacity, depth of research and subtle use of colour. She has massive potential.’

Winner’s comment: ‘New Designers has given me the unique opportunity to expand my work to an industry audience in central London and this award is going to be an ideal platform from which to launch the next stage of my career.’

 

New Designer of the Year: Runner Up

Prize: £500 cash prize

Winner: Natalie Lees

University / College: Ulster University

Title of work: Knitwear collection

Judges’ citation: ‘The judges commended Natalie for her restrained but brave use of colour. Her pieces are sophisticated, mature, elegantly constructed and resolved.’

Winner’s comment: ‘New Designers has been such an amazing platform to showcase my work – I’ve met influential and diverse members of the design industry and I’m so grateful to the show for the opportunities that this award will open up for me.’

 

New Designers John Lewis Award for Design Excellence and Innovation

Prize: £1,000 to support development of design and production

Winner:  Anja Alexandersdottir

University / College: Heriot-Watt University

Title of work: Transcience

Judges’ citation: ‘Anja’s woven fabrics hold your gaze; the more you look, the more you see. No surprise as her inspiration is light. This was a unanimous decision from all the judges – we loved it!’

Winner’s comment: ‘This was so unexpected! I’m really grateful to New Designers and to John Lewis, which is such a great name to be associated with.’

 

­­­­­­­New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Silversmithing

Prize: A week’s work experience in a professional workshop at the Goldsmiths’ Centre focussing on commercialising their own work, a bursary up to £500 and a special Student Hallmarking Package including free registration, one sponsors punch, a tour of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and free laser hallmarking set-up

Winner: Karen Westland

University / College: Glasgow School of Art

Title of work: ‘Infinity’ oval bowl

Judges’ citation: ‘The judges were impressed by the professional standard achieved in this technically challenging piece, especially the combination of traditional and modern processes.’

Winner’s comment: ‘I’m overwhelmed and delighted – it’s a fantastic confirmation that I’m heading in right direction with my work.’

 

New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Jewellery

Prize: A week’s work experience in a professional workshop at the Goldsmiths’ Centre focussing on commercialising their own work, a bursary up to £500 and a special Student Hallmarking Package including free registration, one sponsors punch, a tour of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and free laser hallmarking set-up

Winner: Ieva Mikutaite

University / College: Glasgow School of Art

Title of work: Articulation bracelet

Judges’ citation: ‘A successful and professional piece of work using a combination of new technology and traditional craftsmanship. The bracelet encompasses refined detail and complex articulation to produce a sophisticated piece of work.’

Winner’s comment: ‘I’m really happy. This award means I managed to produce something that other people like – it’s fantastic when people in the industry validate your work.’

 

New Designers Tigerprint Award

Prize: £500 cash prize and a two-month paid placement and free accommodation near Tigerprint’s Bradford studio

Winner: Catrin Jones

University / College: Swansea College of Art

Title of work:

Judges’ citation: ‘We love the flexibility with Catrin. Her commercial approach to design showed superb passion and professionalism. Great use of colour composition and attention to detail.’

Winner’s comment: ‘I’d like to thank Tigerprint for showing an interest in my work and in me as a person – and enormously thank to my tutors and fellow students for their support and encouragement along the way.’

  

New Designers Wilko and W’Innovate Award for Innovation

Prize: £1,000 cash prize plus a two week placement with W’innovate, paid expenses

Winner: Gemma Kennally

University / College: Leeds College of Art

Title of work: Uncanny adornment

Judges’ citation: ‘‘We chose Gemma for the breadth of portfolio and diversity of products could be applied to. She demonstrates a fresh and commercial approach to her work.”

Winner’s comment: ‘I’m amazed and shocked. It’s so nice to be recognised and have your hard work appreciated. It’s a great opportunity to get my name out there and get some industry experience.’

New Designers Harlequin Award

Prize: £1,000 cash prize and a two week work placement in the Harlequin Design Studio

Winner: Callum Wilson

University / College: University of Dundee

Title of work: Abstract screen printed fabrics for the home

Judges’ citation: ‘Bold and dramatic designs for the home, great use of colour and cloth – a perfectly executed collection.’

Winner’s comment: ‘This award will help me to get industry experience for the first time, an opportunity for which I thank New Designers. I also thank my mother for inspiring me along the way.’

 

New Designers Sanderson Award

Prize: £1,000 and a four week paid placement in the Sanderson studio

Winner: Chloe Gregory

University / College: Bath Spa University

Title of work: Large scale florals

Judges’ citation: ‘Chloe’s magnificent designs have evolved from her beautiful drawing and carefully observed colour studies to create a very distinctive work.’

Winner’s comment: ‘I can’t believe it! I’m so grateful to New Designers for the opportunity to have my work seen.’

 

New Designers Weston Beamor Award

Prize: £1,000 and a one week work placement

Winner: Alexandra von Trapp

University / College: Edinburgh College of Art

Title of work: Uncanny Adornment

Judges’ citation: ‘The judges were impressed by the concept, which explored the relationship between jewellery as an extension of the wearer. The collection had a sculptural feel, achieving organic design through an unobvious use of CAD technology.’

Winner’s comment: ‘I’m floored, and completely elated! I’m excited to spend time in a studio and learn how the business of design works.’

 

New Designers Hainsworth Statement Award

Prize: £1,000 cash

Winner: Eve Kann

University / College: Nottingham Trent

Title of work: Queen Herodios Costume

Judges’ citation: ‘Visual impact and verbal description of process, creativity of fabric use and scale of product.’

Winner’s comment: ‘I had a feeling something really good might happen, and it did – I’m very happy and hope it brings me good luck for my future. This could be the first step towards realising my dream.’

 

New Designers One Year On Award

Prize: £500 cash prize from New Designers, £200 cash prize from The Design Trust, one year free Design Trust Business Club membership (worth £300), 6 week online coaching marketing programme (worth £245), one year’s free membership to Design Nation. In addition Design Nation and The National Centre for Craft and Design will select one of the two winners (from Parts 1 and 2) to exhibit in one of the National Centre for Craft and Design’s gallery spaces.

Winner: Flora Bhattachary

Title of work: Jewellery

Judges’ citation: ‘A strong collection, Very well balanced between tradition and individual style, and well presented. Very good awareness of her position in the luxury market and shows great focus.’

Winner’s comment: ‘I’m very excited to win New Designers One Year On – I hope it will enable me to reach new markets and showcase my work to press and buyers.’

 

New Designers Best Stand Award

Prize: Trophy, certificate and champagne

Winner: Manchester School of Art

Judges’ citation: ‘Wide array of disciplines, curated in an effective and intriguing way. The stand was welcoming and approachable. Overall the continuity of the stand across disciplines was well thought out.’

Winner’s comment: ‘We’re really pleased to have won the award because we feel it reflects the philosophy of the art school, where we try to break down barriers between disciplines and where practises are very fluid. All the students on the stand share a studio and all know each other, and influence and support each other – it’s great to have a stand represent what we do’,