Alice Barnes has received the IJL 2017 KickStart ‘Industry’s Choice Award’, and will return to the show with a complimentary stand in the Design Gallery in 2018.
The ten KickStarters competed over the summer to gain as many votes as possible from the public via social media and an online poll, with the prize awarded at the discretion of the IJL and the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ).
Barnes said: “It’s such an honour to win this award, especially considering the talent I was exhibiting alongside this year. The support and encouragement I received throughout the competition was such a boost, and I’m so grateful to everyone who voted for me.
“I can’t wait to return to the show next year as a fully-fledged exhibitor and am already thinking about new designs and what to do with my stand!”
Alice launched a range of new rings at IJL 2017, which are additions to her established Pleated Collection. The line continues her brand’s influence of the cuts and folds used in paper art, lines and angles.
The annual KickStart Programme is now in its ninth year, and gives a platform to up-and-coming British jewellery designers within the first five years of business.
Ten designers are chosen to exhibit on a group stand and are given marketing and industry support from both IJL and the NAJ.
This year’s line up comprised of Farrah Al-Dujaili (Oddical), Alice Barnes, Becky Dockree, Raliegh Goss, Emily Kidson, Lucy Spink (Lucy Spink Jewellery), Claire Macfarlane, Rhona McCallum, Ana Simoes (Muscari Jewellery) and Heather Woof.