Marie Taylor from Truro, who is studying for a BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery qualification at Truro and Penwith College, won the competition with her pendant design, ‘Pearl of Life’.
“Not so long ago I was a legal secretary,” said Marie. “I am now a 41-year-old mature student embarking on a second career. This is my chance to realise my own potential; to learn how to design and create the jewellery I love. I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with F Hinds, to open up the potential for sales on the high street for my piece, and to plant lots of seeds in the hope they too will grow big and strong,” she added.
This year marked the second F Hinds/IJL High Street by Design competition, which aims to assist jewellery designers through the whole manufacturing process from conception to launch.
Andrew Hinds of F Hinds remarked: “The objective of this competition was to open up the route to the high street, which can appear to be strewn with challenges or even a complete mystery. Our aspiration was to give every winner an in-depth experience of all the steps from sketch to the final sale. We will be promoting the winning piece in all of our stores and online, and every piece sold is individually numbered, making it very special.”
Marie’s piece will appear for the first time at IJL with a press champagne reception on day two (3 September) of the Earls-Court-based event, at the Design Gallery Bar from 11am to 1pm.