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Fashion Range Wins 2016 ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards

Author: Rachel Healy, Communications Manager

Talia Betham, a fashion design student at Massey University Wellington, has just taken out the Supreme Award at this year’s ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Award with Broke, a fashion line exploring the effects of unemployment on young New Zealanders. Betham’s use of recycled woollen blankets is a nod to one of our greatest natural products, currently underused and not contributing economically as it could. Betham also received the Rembrandt Textile and Fashion Award bringing her prize money to $3000.

Supreme award-winner, Broke by Talia Betham

Supreme award-winner, Broke by Talia Betham

Kit Lamp by Rowan Jackson

Kit Lamp by Rowan Jackson

Becoming Light by Emma Carson

Becoming Light by Emma Carson

28 years in the running, the ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Award encourages innovation and creativity, an opportunity for students to step into creative industries with a coveted award to their name. The awards are run by the Friends of the Dowse. Anita Dykes, 2016 judge and Design Consultant at ECC says, “The ECC Student Craft/Design Awards lets the design community see the student talent that is emerging.” Other judges were: Tim Wigmore (Furniture designer), Federico Monsalve, (Editor, Urbis), Ian Douglas (The Village Goldsmith), Mel Ford (artist and educator) and Johnathon Hall (Head Designer, Rembrandt), who said, “The awards provide the opportunity for students to benchmark themselves against others and develop a network within the professional community”. 

Other winners on the night were Rowan Jackman from Victoria University who won the ECC Lighting Award with Kit Lamp, an exquisitely crafted flat-pack floor lamp combining Ash an 3D printed stainless steel. A collective from Massey University, Xanthe Whiteley, Gregor Wilson, Sophia Martins Irvine, Candy Blaikie, Sam Oliver, and Tyler Ngaia, came away with the ECC Furniture and Product Design Award. Their multifunctional stool, Track, could be used as seating, a side table, back or foot rest, storage or as an interior feature décor. The Tutara Glass and Ceramics Award went to Emma Carson for Becoming Light, an engaging light installation, and the Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award went to Nik Hanton from Whitireia for Memory Palace. Also students at Whitireia, Jun Xie’s Fractal and Nina van Duijnhoven’s Christo Unwrapped were both Highly Commended. Also Highly Commended were Broken Dreams from Natalie Procter, Arcadia by Amy Sio-Atoa, Bent Oak Chair by Jacqui Knight, Copper Can by Rachael Hall, Josh Bruderer, Felix Turvey, Kit-Netic Cardboard Soapbox Racer by Glenn Catchpole, The Reverse by Katherine Rybinski , Sheldon Warren, Shawnee Death and Michelle Suen, Lumi by Kelly-Anne Keach and Helios Lamp by Felix Turvey. 

The awards will be celebrated at a presentation at the ECC Wellington store where the 15 winning entries will be on display from 3 - 19 November.

For more information & images, please contact: Rachel Healy
E: Rachel@rachelhealy.co.nz T: 0275277732 www.nzcraftdesignawards.com

Friends of the Dowse: www.dowse.org.nz/support/friends

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