A university student from the University of Dundee has won the Ingle & Rhode 2017 Fairtrade Gold Design award. Aspiring jewellery design undergraduate, Angela Gillies, is the over all winner of the awards, after competing against more than 100 budding designers and impressing the panel of judges.
Highly commended designs, category winners, and the overall winner were announced at the Fair Luxury (FLUX) 2017 conference in Birmingham. This is the first year the awards have run, recognising up and coming talent within the jewellery design industry.
Gillies has won £500 and an exciting work experience placement with Ingle & Rhode who will also transform her design into a stunning piece of jewellery made from Fairtrade gold and fully-traceable ethically-produced diamonds. The finished piece will be loaned to the winner to exhibit at their end of year show and New Designers exhibition, before it is auctioned by Ingle & Rhode to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation.
Gillies said, “Winning the Fairtrade Gold Design Awards means so much to me and my career. The whole journey has been an incredible experience and I want to thank Ingle & Rhode as well as the judges for this opportunity. I can't wait to see my design transformed into a Fairtrade gold piece and be able to exhibit it.”
Tim Ingle, Co-Founder at Ingle & Rhode, which runs the Fairtrade Gold Design Awards, said, "The talent we have seen during these awards has been outstanding and we want to congratulate Angela for her stunning design. These awards were set out to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst jewellery students, apprentices and those early in their jewellery careers, and I feel we have achieved that.”
The judges also selected fellow student at Dundee Univesity, Lucy Cormack, for the Highly Commended award in the Undergraduate category.
For more information on Fairtrade gold, visit the website www.fairtrade.org.uk/gold
Posted: 8 May 2017