Many congratulations to Giles Last our BA Jewellery Design Course Leader for winning the Marsh Award for the Encouragement of Medallic Art. This Award, run in partnership with the British Art Medal Society (BAMS), recognises an individual or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the understanding, appreciation and encouragement of the art of the medal.
Congratulation to Diane Jung for winning the Annoushka Outstanding Graduate Award 2019, presented by Annoushka Ducas.
Diana’s collection reflects her interest in the texture, smell and symbolism of laundry. She recalls the sight of a pillowcase on a washing line – an intimate possession, exposed to onlookers as it dries.
Congratulation to Jing Jiang for winning second prize the Annoushka Outstanding Graduate Award 2019, presented by Annoushka Ducas.
Congratulation to Danqi Zhao for winning the Brian Wood Memorial Medal, presented by Margarita Wood.
Danqi’s collection draws on her training in Chinese painting. She wants to remind us of the value of traditional techniques. For instance, the dents that she makes in enamel simulate the effects achieved by brushstrokes on rice paper. The white enamel resembles porcelain, but the unpredictable quality of the metal produces areas on the brooch that are faded or burned.
Congratulation to JunTao Asa Ouyang for winning the Best Use of Pearls Award. Asa’s collection subversively fuses traditional Chinese Lacquer work with 21st century dependence on technology. A painstaking approach to craft that runs counter to digital culture underpins an aesthetic which reflects the philosophy of science fiction films such as Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell.
Lacquered screens in mother of pearl become spectacles that obscure reality: their function is turned on its head, while peals appear nestled safely in ears, referencing the emergence of wireless devices and high-tech design aesthetics.
Congratulation to Jing Jiang for winning the Best Use of Non-Precious Metal.
Jiang’s jewellery is a personal interpretation of the complex traditional technique of Tian Tsui, which utilises kingfisher feathers as inlay. Using physical sense as her medium, she sculpts her designs so as to bring together the refinement of traditional Chinese craftsmanship and the minimal aesthetics of western modernism.
Congratulation to Jing Jiang for winning the Theo Fennell Best Technical Achievement Awards, presented by Caroline Broadhead. Jiang’s jewellery is a personal interpretation of the complex traditional technique of Tian Tsui, which utilises kingfisher feathers as inlay. Using physical sense as her medium, she sculpts her designs so as to bring together the refinement of traditional Chinese craftsmanship and the minimal aesthetics of western modernism.
Congratulation to Steven Lai for winning the Theo Fennell Best Design Awards, presented by Caroline Broadhead. Steven recreates organic matter with synthetic substances such as resin, scrap metal and construction aggregate.
Congratulation to Wen-Ju Tseng for winning the Theo Fennell Best Overall Awards, presented by Caroline Broadhead. Wen-Ju’s collection ‘How valuable are you?’ scrutinises the individual’s role in contemporary society. Wryly humorous but earnestly involved, Wen-Ju diagnoses modern neuroses by taking everyday objects, such as credit card chip or the clip from a plastic bread wrapper, as the basis for her jewellery.
Congratulation to Xuan Ma for winning the Autor Contemporary Jewellery Award 2019. Xuan’s collection offers a perspective on the ways in which the human body becomes the medium of contemporary jewellery design. By using metal as a reflective surface, she creates experimental patterns as a means to explore the beauty of the human figure. The simple pieces of metal are arranged in geometric patterns that contrast to the diverse forms of our body parts. They make visible bits of our anatomy that are normally unseen. In the process, the human form becomes a precious repository of Xuan’s highly individual vision of beauty.