This year’s Gemvision Matrix Award given in partnership with the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University (BCU) has been presented to jewellery and silversmithing graduate Hannah Kimber.
The annual award is open to students on the School’s B.A (Hons) Design for Industry one-year top-up degree level course, which teaches Gemvision’s award winning Matrix CAD jewellery software. It recognises outstanding achievement using Matrix, based on best 3D rendering, technical skills, and overall design.
Hannah’s arabesque inspired rings and pendants impressed judges Gemvision’s Graham Dicks and deputy head of School at School of Jewellery Gaynor Andrews. Graham said: “Hannah shows great understanding of the sophisticated design techniques of Matrix with her beautiful collection and she is a thoroughly deserving winner.
“We congratulate her on her ability to incorporate complex, innovative effects with Matrix and create superb, photo-realistic images of her jewellery designs.
Taking her influence from Islamic architecture, Hannah’s designs are for high end jewellery pieces. She said: ”Using the amazing rendering capabilities of Matrix means I was able to make my designs look stunningly realistic and unique.
“It’s great as it gives me the creative freedom to refine the basic power of Rhino 3D software and produce brilliantly lifelike 3D representations of my designs. Using the gem tool gave me so much more control over the layout of gems – and it was very straightforward to use. And given my pieces are 6cm high, having the ability to weigh them means I can work out accurate costs. Without Matrix, I couldn’t have created my design concepts into truly commercial looking finished products.”
The School of Jewellery has been using Matrix software on course work for 4 years. Gaynor Andrews explained how it gives their students a huge advantage. She said: “Having the opportunity for students to use Matrix is fantastic. It’s so much an industry standard now, it’s vital for students to have the skills to take with them when they go out into industry. In fact, a number of our students have been employed as a result. It gives them the ability to create amazing visuals to showcase their designs without having to go to full production, so they can show what they’re really capable of. “For us, it’s a great collaboration with Gemvision, and gives our students a tremendous advantage.”
Matrix is currently taught at 55 schools and universities worldwide. Gemvision’s latest Matrix version 7.5 features exciting new functionality and over 2000 upgrades. Since its first launch in 2000, Matrix has become the CAD choice of many of the world’s famous jewellers and has earned multiple awards.