Decorative Arts students named winners of top prizes at New Designers London Part 1

Final Year student Emma Lycett scooped the Denby Associate Prize, whilst alumna Bethany Stafford won the London Design Fair Associate Prize

Student Emma Lycett with her prize-winning certificate
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Student Emma Lycett. Image courtesy New Designers.

It has been a successful year for our BA (Hons) Decorative Arts course at this year’s New Designers Part 1, the annual exhibition for emerging designers held at London's Business Design Centre.

Final Year student Emma Lycett was awarded the Denby Associate Prize, whilst alumna Bethany Stafford won the London Design Fair Associate Prize.

New Designers is the UK's most anticipated exhibition for emerging design, showcasing the innovation of 3,000 creative students. It is a go-to destination forindustry professionals and representatives from both established and emerging brands, providing a stream of new talent into the UK's creative industries.

Emma Lycett was awarded the Denby Associate Prize for her Wabi-sabi inspired collection of handmade porcelain vessels. Her prize included £500 cash and a two week placement working on a live project alongside the Denby Design Team in Derbyshire.

Emma said: "It felt so surreal to win! It's amazing to have your work recognised by such a big company. I'm super excited to work with Denby, and to finish setting up my studio at home."

Head of Design at Denby, Richard Eaton, attended New Designers and named Emma as the winner. He praised Emma’s collection, commenting on the “great combination of shape, texture, pattern and scale”, in addition to “the attention to detail and craftsmanship.”

Bethany Stafford receiving her certificate
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Alumna Bethany Stafford. Image courtesy New Designers.

Bethany Stafford, 2016 alumna of the BA (Hons) Decorative Arts course and part of the One Year On exhibition within the New Designers show, was named winner of the London Design Fair Associate Prize. Her brutalist-inspired ceramics caught the eyes of the judges, who found the collection to be “captivating in its simplicity and use of colour and geometric composition”. Her prize included a complimentary stand at London Design Fair 2017, where she will present her designs to over 25,000 trade visitors, industry professionals and members of the press.

Jude Wensley, Senior Lecturer on the Decorative Arts course, said: “The course team are very proud of the success of recent graduate, Emma Lycett, and alumna, Bethany Stafford, in this our 20th year anniversary of Decorative Arts graduates.”

She continued: “We have seen the course grow in strength and identity to become one of the top mixed materials courses in the UK. We wish Emma and Bethany every success in the coming months and years, and indeed all recent graduates of the course.”

More than 100 graduating artists and designers from the course areas of BA (Hons) Decorative Arts, BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making, BA (Hons) Textile Design and MA Fashion, Knitwear and Design had the opportunity to exhibit their work at New Designers Part 1 this June. In addition to the two Associate Prizes gained, a handful of students from BA (Hons) Textile Design and MA Fashion, Knitwear and Design were highly commended by sponsors ROMO and Colour In Design.

Decorative Arts students named winners of top prizes at New Designers London Part 1

Published on 5 July 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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