On Tuesday night the Hospital Club hosted the 100 Awards, their annual awards for the creative industries. We are very pleased to announce that 2015 BA Jewellery Design graduate Esna Su won the award in the Art, Design and Craft category. Her winning collection titled “The Refugees and the Burden” explores the displacement of Syrian refugees following the war, and the concept of memory and belonging in a fractured world. Using traditional Syrian techniques, the collection reflects the need for protection and isolation of refugees in their new homes and the belongings left behind. The resulting pieces are a fitting tribute to the forgotten people at the centre of the crisis. Congratulations Esna!
Bright Young Gems is a unique scheme that each year provides five young designers with an outstanding commercial platform and excellent trade exposure through the opportunity to showcase their work at International Jewellery London.
The Bright Young Gems are selected from final year students who have graduated from UK colleges and universities in the past two years by a prestigious judging panel. This year 3 of the 5 Bright Young Gems were CSM BA Jewellery Design graduates. Congratulations to Kristina Ferenchuk, Holly O’Hanlon and Leanne Yau, whom are pictured above with Bright Young Gems judge Shaun Leane and CSM BA Jewellery Design course leader Caroline Broadhead.
Photo credit: Edward Hill
Congratulations to graduating student Holly O’Hanlon who was awarded the Theo Fennell Award for Best Overall at the BA Jewellery Design Awards Ceremony 2017, she was presented the award by Theo Fennell for her unique brooches.
Congratulations to graduating student Erica Heng who was awarded the Theo Fennell Award for Best Technical Achievement at the BA Jewellery Design Awards Ceremony 2017, she was presented the award by Theo Fennell for her unique cufflinks and tie pins.
Congratulations to graduating student Sabina Drăguşanu who was awarded the Theo Fennell Award for Best Design at the BA Jewellery Design Awards Ceremony 2017, she was presented the award by Theo Fennell.
Congratualtions to graduating student Kristina Ferenchuk who was named as the winner of the Swarovski Jewellery Design Project. Now in its 16th year, the project challenges CSM 3rd year BA Jewelry Design students to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation with crystal in jewelry design.
From an initial 38 applications, ten students were shortlisted and supported by Swarovski to realize their concepts, working to the thematic brief of ‘Vanishing Worlds’.
Caroline Broadhead, Program Leader and Course Leader, BA Jewellery 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. Kristina 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.
Kristina 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 impactful collection used Swarovski crystal to highlight the value of food and the issue of food waste.
Congratulations to graduating student Emily Grimble who was awarded the prize for Best Use of Non-Precious Metals by Andrew Balcombe of the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers.