Friday, 3 September 2010

Graduate Design Awards Nominees - Jewellery

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Jodie Hurst

Jodie Hurst allows herself to be affected by the scenery she sees around her, and the feelings it provokes.

Regarding growth as her inexhaustible source of inspiration, her work reflects her appreciation for nature, but with living in the big city and urban influence has sneaked it's way in.

Interaction between humankind and the natural world interests Jodie Hurst. Organic forms spring to life in her jewellery, contrasted by "plastic" man-made tones.

The sensual flowing designs attract the daring, craving attention from its audiences like the appeal between a bee and the vibrant flower growing between the cracks of concrete pavement.


Clea Koluvek

Above all, the purpose of Clea Koluvek's jewellery is to evoke a feeling of joy and wonder.

In a time characterized by cynicism, minimalism, and conceptual art, her work is a tribute to the spiritual and aesthetic delight she experiences in the natural environment. She aims to summon the enchanted world of moon-lit forests and flower-sprinkled meadows and invite the viewer to enter into that magical space.

Inspired by Japanese art and geisha hair jewellery, the delicate silver rings, hair pins, and earrings combine subtle colour harmonies with a gracefully balanced composition.


Eva Vautier


Vautier's hybrid practice investigates the poetic possibilities of lacquer for contemporary jewellery, using a dying craft now many thousands of years old. She researches its "memory" and the multiple layers of culture and history embedded within it, to generate new identities in the realm of jewellery.

The Reminiscence Collection integrates concepts of fossils, encapsulations and erosion to evoke the memory of lacquer on both a physical and abstract level offering wearable artefacts that are unfamiliar yet desirable.

Part of this collection and future ones are developed with the great contribution and support of Lacquer Craftsmen from the Aomori Prefecture, Japan.


Jacqueline Clarke

Caviar Collection

Jacqueline Clarke creates jewellery that is tactile, wearable, covetable.

The collection started with a pebble form, silver precious metal clay and an epoxy resin to cast and sculpt these shapes. Jacqueline started making organic shapes, filing and sanding to achieve the smooth surface and sensuous curves she requires. She wanted to add another texture, and perhaps another material - something that could play with light. Jacqueline discovered minute glass balls, and set them into the resin. The effect is surprising - it looks almost edible - hence she named it her "Caviar Collection".


Mayuko Yamamura

We often reminisce about the past when we see, hear, smell or touch something familiar…

This collection has taken its inspiration and its concept from classic handicraft techniques, which I consider a symbol of nostalgia. I believe that the fact that an item is hand made, perhaps using inherited skills and techniques, increases the significance of the item and makes it precious.
My aim is to combine vintage textiles with textile techniques – knitting and crocheting precious metal chain - to create precious jewellery, which has interesting visual and tactile qualities.


Vladislav Chistiakov

The author's interest is a movement that arose in humans and object interaction. During exploration, the author noticed that people often feel nervous or otherwise feeling, perform various manipulations with the objects which by default are not intended for that purpose.

The most typical example of male-is amended to finger his wedding ring, key chain pendant is monotone and reel spooled from a finger, etc.

These activities generated inspired to create jewellery collections, where they were to the denunciation, interpreted and become a key substantive meaning of bearing. Many of the natural processes, can be interpreted as a movement, it is important to find the causes and consequences. The Kinetic rings are made from silver, semiprecious stone and a magnet.


  1. I do not wish to join facebook but would like to register a 'like' for Jacqueline Clarke's ring. I hope this counts.

  2. I love the Caviar Collection! As a cook and caterer I feel I should have one of those gorgeous rings - they do look edible, but also very wearable.