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New Designers 2022 Opens and Announces Week One ND Awards Winners

30 Jun 2022

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Textiles graduate from Edinburgh College of Art, along with 3D Design Crafts designer from Arts University Plymouth, are among those awarded the top accolades at New Designers 2022 – which opened to the public yesterday.

The annual event celebrates the future of design, bringing together 3,000 hand-picked graduate design talents from across the UK and beyond. Week One of the show – which runs until 2 July – puts a spotlight on textiles and fashion, costume design, jewellery and precious metalwork, ceramics and glass, contemporary design crafts, and One Year In.

An integral part of New Designers is ND Awards, a highly prestigious awards programme supported by 30 leading industry partners who highlight and recognise the design stars of the future. This year’s partners include John Lewis, Liberty, Hallmark, Tu, Habitat, Wilko and The Conran Shop, among others. The awards – ranging from cash, professional advice and paid work placements – offer graduates vital support as they embark on their creative careers. 

The top prize of the ND Awards is the coveted “New Designer of the Year”. This year’s £1,000 prize, sponsored by the Business Design Centre, was awarded to Chloe Grieve, a Textiles graduate from Edinburgh College of Art, with her print and pattern work named Shape Play.

“Chloe took a very personal story and delivered a very cohesive design project. It’s full of playfulness, sense of happiness and fun. We’re so impressed that something so personal can have such a wider reaching application,” said one of the judges.

Meanwhile, the runner-up prize – with a £500 reward – went to Bonnie Mustoe-Whitehill from Arts University Plymouth. The 3D Design Crafts graduate won with her complete collection of jewellery and tactile objects. Judges said, “Bonnie showed experimental materials at the heart of design, broadening perspectives of jewellery in our post-Covid world and encouraging touch and relationship with objects.”

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Image: Week 1 ND Awards Ceremony, New Designers

Cheryl Carroll, Events Director of New Designers, comments, 

“We’re delighted to be back at Business Design Centre, having been online for two years during lockdown. It’s so exciting to see the graduates, their course leaders and our industry partners back in the same room again to celebrate all forms of design; from fashion and jewellery to ceramics and illustrations.

“New Designers is all about championing design excellence and supporting the best creative talent the UK has to offer. We have an amazing breadth as well as quality of work on show this year; for us, it’s an honour to witness the journeys that the graduates have gone through in the last couple of years, and how those experiences have influenced their final-year work.”

Carroll adds,

“We’d like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s ND Awards, and also thank all our sponsors who have given us tremendous support in the last 12 months.”

New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre, London, over two weeks; each devoted to a different set of creative disciplines:

  • Week One (until 2 July) covering: textiles and fashion, costume design, jewellery and precious metalwork, ceramics and glass, contemporary design crafts, and One Year In;
  • Week Two (6 – 9 July) covering: furniture, product and industrial and spatial design, graphic design, illustration and animation, motion and digital arts, and One Year In.

ND Awards 2022 – Week One Jewellery Winners: 

  • Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Runner-Up Award (Week One) Winner: Bonnie Mustoe-Whitehill, Arts University Plymouth Title of work: N/A (Mustoe-Whitehill won with her complete collection of tactile objects) Design discipline: 3D Design Crafts (jewellery and tactile objects) Judges’ comment: “Bonnie showed experimental materials at the heart of design, broadening perspectives of jewellery in post-Covid world and encouraging touch and relationship with objects.
  • Stephen Webster Jewellery Designer of the Year Winner: Qinzhi Shen, Sheffield Hallam University Title of work: N/A (Shen won with his entire body of work) Design discipline: Jewellery collection Judges’ comment: “Expertly crafted with innovative ideas” Prize: Six hours of mentorship with Stephen Webster or a department of the winner’s choice to support with the development of their design career, alongside a 13.52ct hexagonal-cut Amethyst and 10 grams of Single Mined Origin Gold provided for designing and crafting their own piece of jewellery

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Source: New Designers