Over the last two weeks we’ve been delighted to work with our industry peers on the judging of the One Year On galleries at New Designers 2015. As usual standards are high and the products presented are diverse. We’ve seen some fantastic ideas inspired by urban architecture, woodlands, family photos, traditional French objects d’art, Tarot cards, crumbling doors and blood tests, to name a few.
Choosing a winner each week was a fantastic challenge, so we had lively discussions with curator Rheanna Lingham, Patricia van der Akker of The Design Trust and our colleagues Clare Edwards and Laura Mabbutt from The National Centre for Craft & Design.
The winner of each week gets a cash prize supported by New Designers and The Design Trust; a year’s free membership of The Design Trust Business Club with access to their webinars and other CPD; a year’s free membership of Design-Nation with access to our showcases and other projects; and the possibility of an exhibition or retail showcase at The National Centre for Craft & Design. We look at a range of criteria, around the quallty and orginality evidenced in the work, how it is presented as a collection, and the future plans and aspirations of the exhibitors.
Our winners are jeweller Flora Bhattachary (week one) and textile designer Robyn Hinchcliffe (week two). Flora’s work has a very distinctive style that balances taditional techniques and 21st centuty aesthetics, ideally suited too those interested in high end contemporary jewellery. Robyn’s collection was harmonious in the colour ranges, innovative in technique and showed great confidence in her use of materials. They both show great commitment to the future development of their practices and products. We are delighted to welcome them to Design-Nation.
Images of Flora (top) wearing her own designs, and Robyn (bottom) on her stand at the show, both courtesy of New Designers.
Our work with New Designers is especially significant this year, as it is 30 years since this landmark graduate event was launched by Peta Levi, a writer, passionate design and craft advocate and innovatior, who went on to found both The Design Trust and Design-Nation. Read more about Peta here.