Scottish jeweller Jonathan Boyd has won the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 (Week One) Best New Design Award for Weeds, a conceptually-driven series of works.
More than 50 gold-plated silver brooches tell the story of the life-cycle of a small flower – from a little seedling to a full flower blowing in the wind then slowly dying.
Announcing the prize, Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of Crafts Council, announced the prize commending the piece for its thoughtfulness and creativity. Boyd received a prize of £1,000 and bottle of champagne.
In addition to making jewellery, he is a tutor at the Royal College of Art. His work forms part of various important UK collections including the V&A, London; the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh; as well as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA; and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Boyd said: “The piece comes with animation of weed growing against the backdrop of Glasgow. Together, the brooches are frames of an animation but separately represent single moments in time.”
Andrew Lamb was named runner-up for his new series of Lenticular Rings, which combine fine lengths of 18ct gold and silver while reflecting an interest in illusion and Op art’s mesmerising visual effects.