Thursday 1 July, 2021

New Designers 2021: winners of the Goldsmiths’ Company awards announced


  • The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, the longest standing supporter and sponsor of New Designers, has awarded prizes to students from The Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. 
  •  A virtual awards ceremony was broadcast on Facebook Live on the evening of Wednesday 30 June.
  • The brief invited students to design a piece of formal jewellery to be worn at an occasion when all covid restrictions are lifted.
  • Prizes include: A £250 voucher to spend on short courses at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, a invitation to attend the one-week introduction to business course, ‘Getting Started’; a laser and punch hallmarking package from the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office; and a one-to-one session with the Goldsmiths’ Company library to support research and design development.

The awards were presented to two jewellers: Brigita Bivainyte from The Glasgow School of Art and Finlay Grant from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

The competition was held digitally with the awards ceremony broadcast on Facebook Live on the evening of 30 June.  The brief asked students to look forward to a time with no coronavirus restrictions and create a piece of jewellery suitable for a formal event.

Brigita’s neckpiece entitled ‘Metamorphosis of Grain’ was inspired by her heritage, culture and a reconnection with forms of simple inspiration. 

As Brigita says: “Sometimes you don't have to look for the inspiration somewhere far away. I got encouraged to create a jewellery piece, which would celebrate my culture and country with all the people who make the culture alive, including my ancestors who contributed to extraordinary traditions, which make Lithuania different. The country operated under a predominantly agrarian economy and therefore elements associated with sun, growth, and crops, such as wheat and rye signifying independence and an instinct to survive, often under oppressive regimes.” 

The finished piece, designed to be light weight and flexible, incorporated ultra-thin brass sheets, sterling silver and gold plating.

The second recipient of the Goldsmiths’ Company award for jewellery was Finlay Grant with his collection of vibrant resin brooches and neckpieces entitled ‘Splash’.

Inspiration was drawn from “a personal connection to swimming pools and the distinctive patterns and geometric distortion when light travels through water”.

Commenting on his inspiration, Finlay says: “A lot of my source imagery came from photographs of tile lines with influence from David Hockney. I feel the pool is a safe, positive environment for me, and I try to get this across in my work through bright bold choice of colour, shape and pattern.” 

Trade Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Richard Fox said: “Brigita’s beautiful presentation of technical drawings and models effectively conveyed the development processes involved in creating a bold, dynamic statement piece. And Finlay’s work used strong visual communication and a wonderful interpretation of concept to create their colourful, unique pieces. Congratulations Brigita and Finlay!”

A showcase of Brigita’s project can be seen here.

A showcase of Finlay’s project can be seen here.

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