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Kristina Ferenchuk has won the Swarovski and Central Saint Martins Jewelry Design project. Now in its 16th year, the project challenges CSM 3rd year BA Jewelry Design students to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation with crystal in jewelry design.
From an initial 38 applications, ten students were shortlisted and supported by Swarovski to realize their concepts, working to the thematic brief of ‘Vanishing Worlds’.
Caroline Broadhead, Program Leader and Course Leader, BA Jewelry Design, CSM, commented: “Vanishing Worlds is a welcome theme as it makes people think broadly. This year's project highlights an array of interpretations, from vanishing ecosystems to the vanishing custom tailor, and it fits into an increasing need and drive towards an awareness of sustainability and responsible practice.”
The importance of sustainability and responsible practice is underlined by the use of crystal and gemstones from Swarovski’s upcycling program which seeks to repurpose unused products into new materials.
Kristina Ferenchuk was awarded for her piece, which explores how human activity has contributed to vanishing ecosystems in the last decade. The Swarovski embellished concertina necklace represents the interconnection and symmetrical balance of the different organisms within nature.
Kristina Ferenchuk commented: “It has been an incredible experience to be able to work with Swarovski on this project. Using upcycled crystal has taught me how to be more aware of the materials that are used in jewelry design and how to make a piece within the constraints of the available materials.”
Runner-up Ruby Parker was also highly commended for her bread-based pieces. Her impactful collection used Swarovski crystal to highlight the value of food and the issue of food waste.
The project underlines Swarovski’s commitment to integrating sustainability into the education initiatives that it supports, challenging the next generation of creatives to think consciously about sustainable practices in their design process.
The esteemed judging panel included Caroline Broadhead and Lin Cheung of Central Saint Martins, and jewelry influencer Beanie Major of the blog Indetail. The panel reviewed the entries at an event in London on June 22 at CSM.
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Central Saint Martins (CSM)
Central Saint Martins is internationally renowned for the creative energy of its students, staff and graduates with an exceptional reputation for educating foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research students in arts, design and performance. CSM’s award-winning campus at Kings Cross opens opportunities for creative collaboration and has provided an outstanding social scene for students. Alumni include Sarah Burton, Hussein Chalayan, Jarvis Cocker, Terence Conran, James Dyson, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Tom Hardy, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Sandy Powell, Raqib Shaw, Yinka Shonibare, Joe Wright.
Central Saint Martins is part of the University of Arts London.
The University of the Arts London (UAL)
The UAL is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.
Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include 12 Turner prize winners and over half of all nominees, 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year, more than half of the designers showcased in London Fashion Week, 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Award and seven winners of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education programme has reached 257,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation incorporated in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
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