3. MEDAL DESIGN
Following last year’s successful outcomes in Medal Design where Yvonne, Sally and Gabriella won Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards respectively, and to further inform and encourage artists and designers to this section, here is some general feedback from last year’s judging panel:
Feedback from 2018/19: There was a good standard to entries in this section, but judges would still like to see more submissions. Very promising to see young designers submitting work. Entrants addressed the deign brief well and were clearly passionate about the subject matter i.e. concern for the environment.
The Brief – Endangered Species
Continuing with the topical and critical theme of the concerns for our planet, environment and global issues that are now affecting us all, please research the most endangered animal species in our world, as listed by WWF and other credible organisations, and explain to us why they are threatened.
This includes mammals, insects, reptiles, birds and fish. Small creatures, all of which are important to keeping a balance on our environment and planet. Choose one example of an endangered species to bring this to everyone’s attention and produce a design for an art medal that makes a strong case for its preservation.
Use both sides of the medal giving you the opportunity to illustrate a contrast of the plight between a threat and a possible answer to a way forward. Use the medal edge as an option for some or all your lettering as required.
The definition of an art medal: a two-sided, low relief medal that fits into the palm of the hand. (It is not intended to be worn). This design brief has been written in liaison with Kate Harrison and Marcy Leavitt Bourne.
Feedback from 2018/19: Judges appreciated the increase in number of entries and the majority of participants understood the design brief and submitted well-presented proposals. The stronger entries had a disruptive concept, whether against consumerism or cultural anxiety. The winning design portrayed a good sense of humour and story. The designer managed to cleverly weave the concept of gender neutral and sustainability within the brief. The design was current with the potential to become a cult piece.
The Brief – Sustainable Jewellery
As sustainability increasingly becomes a consumer expectation - and a signifier of luxury itself - consider how this can be interpreted in jewellery design. With this in mind, utilise existing gemstones, recycled metals - and/or the elevation of more everyday materials, to design your statement and message that stands for this movement. This design brief has been written in liaison with Sarah Burton of Fortnum & Mason.
5. COMMERCIAL JEWELLERY – Creative Design (Sponsored by Beaverbrooks)
We welcome Beaverbrooks to the Goldsmiths’ competition as a Patron, and this brand-new Award has been created to celebrate creativity/innovation in commercial jewellery design.
Beaverbrooks are a leading independent family run jewellery and watch business, currently celebrating 100 years in the trade. With 70 stores nationwide, they are a well-respected and an established part of the UK’s retail high street. As a commercial jewellery store, Beaverbrooks consistently strive to bring good design and value to their loyal customers.
Commercial Jewellery design plays a vital role in the manufacturing process involved in supplying high street stores. Designers are responsible for creating good design within tight parameters; specific design briefs; client and time constraints; market awareness and requirements, budgets etc. Equally important, is a good understanding of the manufacturing processes to ensure designs are feasible for high volume production runs.
This Award invites you to design a matching suite of brilliant cut diamond jewellery in celebration of Beaverbrooks or any fictional multiple stores 100 year anniversary. This will consist of a ring, pendant and earrings, in 9ct, 18ct gold or platinum, each containing a maximum of one carat of diamonds (earrings, half a carat in each), with a maximum metal weight of 7gms for the ring, 5gms on the pendant (excluding the chain) and 6gms in total for the earrings. The designs can be based either on any of the following styles; solitaire with halo, trilogy with diamond accent or a diamond cluster. Examples of these are illustrated below. Use any research material or theme that inspires you to propose creative ideas that answer the design brief well.
With the intention that the winning designs are to be manufactured and sold in Beaverbrooks multiple stores, consideration to the design’s commerciality and possible price points is a must. Please note, copyright of the winning design will be discussed prior to manufacture.
In addition, the winning entrant will be rewarded by undertaking a period of work experience at Continental Jewellery UK, Beaverbrooks UK manufacturing London base, where they can be part of the team involved in manufacturing their winning designs. This design brief has been written in liaison with Pamela Statham of UK Continental.
6. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY (Sponsored by Ingle & Rhode)
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council is delighted that Patrons Ingle & Rhode continue to sponsor this Special Named Award that highlights, encourages and promotes Fairtrade Jewellery Design.
7. DIAMOND PENDANT DESIGN (Sponsored by Yves Frey Diamonds)
This Patron Special Award by Yves Frey Diamonds, focuses on the unique beauty and qualities of natural coloured Diamonds. This popular category attracted the highest number of 2D entries in the competition last year, so Yves is further encouraged to work in partnership with the winner of his Award through providing, featuring and promoting coloured diamonds in a creative design.
The winner is encouraged to invest their prize money towards making the winning design and if so, Yves Frey Diamonds will loan the Brown Orange diamond and help promote and sell the Pendant. Normal terms and conditions will apply. This generous offer needs to be taken up within one year after the 2020 Awards evening i.e. February 2021.
9. JEWELLERY DESIGN for DIRECT PRECIOUS METAL 3D PRINTING (Sponsored by Cooksongold)
After a promising start to this new design led technology section, Cooksongold are again offering their exciting Patron Special Award in the 2019/20 competition. Consequently, this is an invitation and encouragement to all designers with interest and a developing knowledge and understanding of this technological process.
You are invited to design and present a simple and efficient small/collection/suite of complimentary jewellery to be specifically produced by Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing (also known as Selective Laser Melting or Additive Manufacturing), embracing and utilising the unique design capabilities offered by this technology.
Your proposal should demonstrate that it is the best, and probably, the only way to produce your design by this direct precious metal 3D printing process, where powdered precious metal is melted layer by layer using a laser. Designs may incorporate articulation, hollow forms, entrapped components in other materials or metals and customisation, and should consider the printing requirements to reduce support structure needed in production and enable finishing.
Examples of good design for Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing are illustrated below. Also included is a pictorial set of design guidelines.
10. SILVERSMITHS (Sponsored by Lindstrom)
Any larger scale work, functional and/or decorative for example: tableware, ecclesiastical, vessels etc. can be entered in this section. Judges will be looking for exciting and creative ideas and design originality.
Definition of Smallwork
Personalised items that can contain, display and hold. These traditionally employ skills and techniques that produce rich surface decoration and incorporate both intricate mechanisms and precise function to produce items of intriguing detail and/or hidden features. Smallwork can be functional products or purely objects of art, and typically, decorative processes used may include engraving, enamelling, engine turning, setting etc.
Any design-led enamelled jewellery, objects and silversmithing using traditional/or non-traditional enamelling techniques may be submitted.
Entries will be primarily judged on creative ideas and design merit, with due consideration given to the standard of craftsmanship.
Examples from last year’s competition:
CRAFT SECTIONS 3D FINISHED PIECES
The following information applies to ALL craft sections, please read this carefully as well as the rules and regulations.
Entries will be judged on technical ability and excellence of craft skills. However, and where appropriate, originality, creativity and presentation will be taken into consideration. Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc.
If several specialist craftsmen for different sections enter an item, these details need to be submitted separately. Where relevant, articles submitted must be in a finished condition. Entrants are encouraged to submit in precious metals wherever possible and such entries must conform to hallmarking legislation if applicable.
Junior entrants may submit samples of different techniques not necessarily finished pieces i.e. Setters, Diamond Mounters.
27. ENAMELLERS & ENAMEL PAINTERS
J) Junior S) Senior
Any enamelled or enamel painted subject using traditional techniques allied to the jewellers, silversmiths and smallworkers craft may be submitted. Entries will be judged on technical ability and excellence of enamelling craft skills. However, and where appropriate, originality, design, creativity and presentation will also be taken into consideration.
29. ENGRAVERS, DIE SINKERS & SEAL ENGRAVERS
J) Junior S) Senior
Any type of hand engraving on metal or dies and seals may be submitted.
CRAFT & DESIGN SECTIONS
These sections are judged on both the quality of craftsmanship in combination with creative design, style and visual impact.
31. WIRE INNOVATION (Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers)
These two Awards seek to encourage and reward innovative design and making, incorporating original/actual wire (no casting) in all its forms across jewellery, smallwork and silversmithing. For visual reference of all previous winning pieces of the GSWD’s Awards, please look through the archive of Award brochures on the GC&DC website: https://www.craftanddesigncouncil.org.uk/page/competition/
OTHER SPECIAL, MAJOR & PREMIER AWARDS
To reiterate, this year’s GRAFF Award is for a young craftsperson showing excellent potential in jewellery making, setting or polishing. The Award seeks to celebrate high quality work in these key skill areas in an entrant up to the age of 30, who would need to be available to undertake work experience in GRAFF’s London workshops.
All potential Award-winning entries must satisfy the criteria that is summerised as:
A young person up to 30
Former apprentices/ improvers/learners
Not necessarily a finished piece i.e. setting samples showing more than one technique
Demonstrating fine craftsmanship that meets the Graff standard in the key craft skills of:
A key requirement - the winner must be available to undertake work experience at GRAFF
All Award-winning entries in the appropriate categories will qualify for this Award and will be judged by a dedicated panel of industry experts, including members of the Graff team, who will decide on this Award as Principal Patrons to the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council.