Read about the winners of the New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Awards and Pulse Award. Noeleen Logue of The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) won The New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Silversmithing Award for her project which focuses on sculptural decorative metalwork.
Noeleen’s work has a beautiful, striking simplicity and flowing continuity, however, each piece has a different segment omitted. The segment is then laid by the side adding to the sculptural impact. The pieces can work stand-alone or as part of a collection. Noeleen pays particular detail to the finish of the pieces especially the interiors of the pieces which she buffs and then scratches slightly to give a more worn effect, giving a modern yet natural feel.
Marie Johnstone of DJCAD: University of Dundee secured The New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Jewellery Award with her elegant range of ‘sensory toys for the young professional/gentlemen’. Marie draws inspiration from childhood toys, movement, human habits, trinkets, Heath Robinson illustrations and her love for Hercule Poirot.
Each article created is a one off piece drawn and then made primarily by hand. From thumb twidlers with rabbit fur linings to scented button pins to button hole scent holders, Marie’s work is intricate, whimsical and fascinating.
Winner of The New Designers Pulse Award was Alison Howell of Staffordshire University. Alison’s work fulfilled the judge’s criteria to find originality and creativity with a fresh approach to design that would be standout products that will appeal to serious retailers.
Alison’s work is sculptural whilst maintaining its practical functions. She uses a neutral colour palette which is inspired by the influences that she draws from architecture. The use of curves and defined straight edges creates a modern quality as natural materials meet modern finishes.