Birmingham School of Jewellery Awards E-mail
Friday, 07 July 2017 10:36

Once again, Sara Preisler was delighted to be asked to award a prize in her name to graduating students from the internationally renowned Birmingham School of Jewellery.

The Sara Preisler Award for Practical Realisation of Concept continues to support up and coming designers and is given to outstanding graduates who while their time at University have developed clear and innovative thoughts and practices in their final projects.

This, the fifth year of judging, and it was especially difficult due to the wide range of narratives, techniques and materials used by the graduates to create mature and impressive collections.

However after much deliberation both Lois Jane and Cara Budd were awarded the Sara Preisler award after being thoroughly impressive with their use of shape and colour tones.

Lois Jane is influenced greatly by  working in laser-welded stainless steel and creates vibrant and eye-catching jewellery and objects inspired by narratives taken from Scottish landscapes and seaside towns. Her graduate collection “Oh, what a catch!” takes the form of piers, nets and lobster traps. Using mix media of brightly coloured rope, powder coating and silver her work ensnares the wearer and viewer in a daydream of colour and form.

Cara Budd, on the other hand, uses line prints architectural landscapes and how they are captured in drawings and photographs. She works mainly in stainless steel which gives a harsh and sharp structural form echoed in architecture. The stainless steel is laser welded together, then powder coated in order to add a matt coloured finish. Her images are sublimated onto stainless steel sheet and heat treated to prevent fading.  Her work is sure to make a minimalist statement and her varying colour tones of grey and blue are subtle and hauntingly beautiful.

Both new graduates have been offered their own exhibition here at the gallery alongside mentoring to allow them to innovate new collections and ideas which will hopefully springboard them off into new directions. We wish both of them a well deserved rest before working with them and hope to bring you news of them soon!