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Decorative Arts win at New Designers

Final Year Decorative Arts student Karoline Healy has been awarded with the Not On The High Street Associate Prize.

Final Year Decorative Arts student Karoline Healy has been awarded with the Not On The High Street Associate Prize.

New Designers is the UK's most important exhibition for emerging design, full of innovation and fresh thinking. It takes place over two weeks, with each part focusing on a different set of design disciplines and featuring its own Awards Programme. Every year a series of prestigious, industry supported Awards are presented to the most innovative graduates at New Designers. They form a very important part of the show and are proven to have a direct and personal impact on the careers of the winners.

Many businesses and organisations demonstrate their support for emerging UK design talent and creativity by presenting a New Designer with an industry award.

Karoline Healy was presented with the Not On The High Street Associate Prize for her final year work. Her project, called 'Domestic Mining', has sustainability at its core, her idea being to transform old plastic into workable watches.

Karoline studied BA (Hons) Decorative Arts. The course combines applied design, art and studio crafts and is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Karoline said, "It's a self-sufficient compact workshop system which enables on-the-spot personal fabrication by processing and transforming household waste plastic into wearable watches.

"The inspiration for my work came from my interest in process and looking at how things are made. I have always been aware of environmental issues and enjoy exploring the potential of waste materials, especially plastic."

The Not On The High Street judges said, "From start to finish, the conception and execution of this product is fantastic. The way the customer is pulled into the manufacturing process is delightfully less-ordinary. The product story has been thought about meticulously – we love it."

The company's ideal is to hunt out the most original items from the best creative small businesses and bring them together in one place, making it easy for people to browse and buy.

Karoline's prize includes free membership of, a free photo shoot of her product, her product featured in their 'new seller' spot on the homepage, an introductory blog post about Karoline herself, and a year’s mentoring with a Not On The High Street Account Manager.

Karoline said, "It's great that people like and recognise my work. Winning this award gives me the confidence to try out new things."

Visit Karoline's website

Decorative Arts win at New Designers

Published on 15 July 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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