Upcoming jewellers recognised at New Designers Awards

Budding designers were given recognition at the first part of the New Designers Awards on 28 June.

At a ceremony presented by British ceramicist Keith Brymer Jones awarded industry newcomers with their accolades.

Silversmith Andrew Fleming, from the Glasgow School of Art, was given the New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Silversmithing Award for his ‘Construct’ collection. Inspired by architecture and scaffolding, Fleming’s work was described by judges as “whimsical, precise and beautiful”.

His prize included a one week experience at the Goldsmiths’ silversmithing workshop and a £500 bursary and a Student Hallmarking package.

Miki Asai, also from the Glasgow School of Art, was the recipient of the New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company for Jewellery for her ‘Preserved Moments’ collection. This included a gold broach incorporating nearly 200 hand-wound 18 carat gold springs and gold discs.

Judges described her work as “technically outstanding” and “exquisite”. Her prize entitles her to the same benefits as Fleming.

Textile, fashion and costume design graduates were among the other winners of the night, and more are to be recognised in the second part of the awards taking place between 5 to 8 July.

Sarah Monk, director of New Designers, said: “There’s such a wealth of brilliant ideas at this year’s New Designers that our judges have been spoilt for choice.

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