Kristina Ferenchuk receives Swarovski Award

Mindy Coe Photography

Kristina Ferenchuk’s winning design

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.

Yanmi Lui receives Winterson Prize

Yanmi Lui receives Winterson Prize

Photography by Mindy Coe

Yanmi Lui was awarded the Winterson Prize for Best Use of Pearls by Winterson creative Director Alice Cicolini at the BA Jewellery Design Awards Evening 2017.

Yanmi was named this year’s pearl prize winner for her collection ‘Modern Self-defence Armour & Weaponry’, a playful set of self-defense weaponry that draws inspiration from bio-mimicry design and an interest in martial arts.

Commenting on the award, Winterson’s Creative Director Alice Cicolini said “We were impressed with the way that Yanmi made a clear conceptual connection between the origins of the pearl and her sources of inspiration. It is thought that natural pearls are created by a mollusc as a form of protection, a concept that Yanmi placed at the core of her self-defence collection. The pearl necklace is one of the most enduring luxury jewellery pieces; Yanmi plays with this symbolism, creating a fanciful piece where the pearls represent a source of empowerment as well as adornment.”

An original and very well deserved winner for this year’s prize – congratulations Yanmi!