Weston Beamor, the Birmingham-based jewellery casting and 3D printing company, has announced that it will once again be sponsoring an Award at ‘New Designers’ the annual exhibition showcasing work of newly graduated designers from the UK’s leading universities.
The Weston Beamor Award for ‘The most Innovative use of CAD in Jewellery Design’ will be made during Part 1 of the exhibition which will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London from 24th to the 27th June. The winner will receive a week of work experience with the company and £1000 in cash. The Award will be made at a VIP event to be held at the exhibition on the evening of 24th June.
New Designers, which is supported by a number of big name brands such as Sky, the John Lewis Partnership, Mars, Absolut and Procter and Gamble showcases the work of over 3,000 of the most talented, newly graduated designers from the UK’s leading universities over two separate weeks. It has eight distinct ‘design zones’ of which jewellery and metalwork is one.
“Innovation, technology and great jewellery design are at the heart of Weston Beamor’s services and the company employs a number of design graduates, especially in its CAD department. We like to think that we are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible, so will be particularly interested in seeing how the jewellery and metal work students exhibiting at New Designers have made their own innovations. CAD has an important role to play in jewellery production and it is only ever as good as the designers using it. As a business Weston Beamor is pledged to supporting new talent in every way it can which is why we are delighted to be back at New Designers,” says the company’s Head of Business Development, Glen Day.
In addition to sponsoring New Designers Weston Beamor also supports the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft Awards and runs an annual competition with the Jewellery School at Birmingham City University as well as undertaking a yearly project with the jewellery department at Edinburgh School of Art. The company also works closely with a handful of promising new designers, of its own choice, to help them find a foothold in the industry by providing free, or subsidised, products and services.
The photograph shows the work of Lindsay Hill, from Glasgow School of Art who won the 2014 Weston Beamor prize at New Designers. Lindsay’s ‘Imperfections’ collection of bold, oxidised silver jewellery was based on the positive and negative spaces in gemstone structures and more specifically the flaws within diamonds.