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The craft&design Selected Awards 2012 - Specialist Judges

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Robin Younger
Robin Younger
Specialist Media Category

Robin Younger
www.livingcrafts.co.uk

What exciting times we live in! Having grown up in the world of crafts, I have seen many changes. Fashions and styles move on, innovative materials are embraced, new trends followed but the quality of the finest work always amazes me and the standard of some of the work being produced now is the best I’ve ever seen. In the Specialist Media category, I will be looking for design ingenuity, originality and of course, the skill of the maker. As an event organiser, I am involved in vetting hundreds of applications submitted to us each year and with a degree in three dimensional design and art, I can also appreciate the skills involved in production. At Living Crafts we have a small, dedicated team running just three events a year, preferring quality to quantity. We get to know the individual exhibitors and their work and our focus on the organisation and promotion is not diluted. We have run Living Crafts at Hatfield House since the mid seventies, a show that is still unrivalled in its size and reputation.

Judge’s Statement

I am sure this must have been the hardest category to judge, simply because of the diverse range of materials and techniques that have been used. It has been much harder than I imagined although it has been a real privilege to undertake the task.
Having read their statements and sifted through the information everything from Facebook to photographs, I started to form an insight into how the six finalists approached their work, to understand their design philosophy, their ideas and their ambitions. Although their disciplines were varied, the creative spark and design awareness was evident in all.

It quickly became apparent that without exception, their artwork was made to an excellent standard and each finalist merited an Award for some aspect of their work. However for the purposes of this competition, there had to be a winner.

Samantha Bryan has won the Gold Award because her designs expressed a sense of fun, tremendous imagination, creativity and attention to detail, with even the smallest element thought through. Her presentation was well considered and I admired her resourcefulness and the wide range of materials she utilized

In the Silver category, Anne Cardwells mosaics were very impressive, her in depth preparation and the pioneering techniques that she developed created pieces, with a truly thoughtful and contemporary twist. She shares this award with Simon Keeley, who is undoubtedly a very experienced and highly respected stone carver. His sculpture displays an exceptional level of skill and understanding of the material and he is a true master craftsman.

Of the other finalists, Anya Keeley was brimming with ideas and full of imagination, Mia Sabel embraced the material and explored an enormous variety of designs and Nathalie Vin produced some stunning mosaics and has developed a very personal style.

All six finalists have a great future ahead of them in the craft world and I wish them the very best.

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