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The craft&design Selected Awards 2015 - Specialist Judges

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Christine Dove
Christine Dove
Specialist Media Category

Christine Dove
Chairman of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

I have been a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen Council since 2005; became Chairman in 2011 and was elected a Fellow in 2013.

The Society has a long history dating back to the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society; it is a National organisation with a membership of some 650. The position of chairman carries wide ranging responsibilities and opportunities. For the last three years I have co-curated the Society’s annual Designer Crafts at the Mall exhibition and am currently planning the 25th exhibition to be held in January 2015.

In the exhibition we have a number of selected new graduates alongside our experienced makers. I have been able to engage with new graduates at the recruitment process at New Designers and College degree shows and onwards during the planning of and throughout the exhibition.

I am privileged to be in a position to which brings me into contact with a wide variety of craft work and disciplines; some which can be viewed, and are intended, purely as an art piece and other works designed as functional objects.

I was pleased to be asked to judge the Specialist Media category.
I will be looking for evidence of originality, quality in the craftsmanship, sensitive use of materials and an appreciation by the artist of the future development needed as a maker to be a successful micro-business.

Judge’s Statement

Keith Newstead Gold Award Specialist Media
"Keith’s work brings to mind the fun and humour of Heath Robinson. To watch a video clip on his website is a must, to see in real life must be awe inspiring. The key to his success is the ingenuity he has brought to the design process and the skill that he then draws on to create the finished automata. The mechanical and engineering skills to make it move in such a natural way and especially when it includes a change of pace leaves one wondering - how did he do that! The intricacy of the automata explains why he needs to turn initial ideas, into drawings and then a prototype before the finished product is achieved. In addition he draws on the skills, at a high level, of a wood carver, metal fabricator, painter and mechanical engineer. A craftsman to watch in both senses of the word."

Julie Vernon  Silver Award Specialist Media
"Julie’s work as a mosaic artist reached a new level when in 2013 she produced her first three dimensional public art commission, Golden Gromit. I had been impressed with her previous work and the way she combined vitreous glass, ceramic, marble and slate on flat surfaces. 3D obviously brings in additional levels of complexity, so to achieve such a clean finish was most impressive. I was also impressed with the energy and passion she brings to her work and desire to pass these skills on to others.  I look forward to seeing her future large scale 3D work."

Lise Bech Silver Award Specialist Media
"Lise’s work as a basket weaver demonstrates experienced, time-honoured techniques in use of willow, heather and hair moss together with traditional basket shapes. However, she also brings more innovative approaches through the introduction of other materials such as broom and birch, and the harmonious combination of the these fibres with the willow, and skilful weaving have enabled Lise to create beautiful, appealing baskets in a variety of organic shapes. Her resourcefulness and willingness to transfer skills in return for help with gathering her home grown willow is commendable and must be very satisfying for her and her helpers."

Kate Rattray, Carol Blackburn & Phil Davidson, Finalists Specialist Media
"It was a pleasure having the opportunity to look at the work of the six finalists to gain a better understanding of their design processes and an insight into the varied selection of techniques, skills and work necessary to achieve some memorable pieces of work. My congratulations and best wishes to all six on the standards they have achieved and to their future success within their disciplines. Hopefully they have also enjoyed the experience of reaching the final and will continue to challenge themselves with future applications."

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