10 May 2012 by

Inside The Central Saint Martins X Swarovski Jewellery Competiton: GUEST BLOG

Zuleika Penniman showcases her Berlin-inspired neckpiece

We can't resist a thorough rummage through the jewellery collections of fashionable types, which is exactly why the In Detail blog (www.indtl.com) soon became our fash-addiction. Brought to us by designer and writer Beanie Major and graphic designer-slash-photographer Harry Cresswell, it offers access-all-areas coverage of the most delectable and fashion-forward bling out there, both out on the streets and in the jewellery boxes of the most exciting jewellery talent. We've already seen Beanie and Harry's top jewellery trends from London Fashion Week as well as their gold hoop round-up and today, Beanie tells us about a special role as a judge for the Swarovski / CSM competition 2012...

CSM X Swarovski jewellery competiton

Christie Joy Best's interpretation of theme luminecence

To celebrate a decade long sponsorship programme with Central St Martins, Swarovski challenged first year Jewellery Design students to push the boundaries of their designs with the innovative inclusion of Swarovski crystals and gemstones. Divided into four groups they were given the themes Berlin, Istanbul, Fiction and Luminescence for which they produced mood boards, sketchbooks and a final piece that was presented to Nadja Swarovski, jewellery designer Hannah Martin and myself at an event last Friday.

The quality of work and high level of craftsmanship across the forty-five entries was outstanding making it a difficult choice all round. Taking into consideration concept, design, wearability and final presentation a unanimous decision was reached with first prize going to Nadezhda Fedotova for her interpretation of fiction. Inspired by ceremonial African masks and voodoo relics; she created a multifunctional magnetic bracelet in brass and carved wood, with hidden faces set with Swarovski gemstones.

Nadezhda Fedotova with her winning design

Nadezhda Fedotova with her winning design

During the presentation Hannah Martin told Nadezhda “what had impressed the judges most was not only the innovative use of materials but the fact that if it was put on a shop floor tomorrow people would snap it up immediately.”

Nadja Swarovski said “Swarovski is delighted to continue this collaboration with Central Saint Martins. We are always excited to see how, through their unique vision, each young designer demonstrates the creative possibility of crystal and gemstones in jewellery design.”

Her words were clearly echoed in the exceptional array of work that included a brass and feathered neckpiece that wraps around the wearer like smoke tendrils from the tobacco smoked in Turkish harems, a necklace made from crystals mixed with grit, concrete and resin to created a fragmented interpretation of the Berlin Wall and a sci-fi inspired monocle that was channel set with gemstones to create a kaleidoscope effect when worn.

The winning eight pieces will be on display at Central Saint Martins from Monday May 14th until Friday May 18th. Until then, take a look at the incredible creations in the video below...

 


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