GLASGOW Clyde College lecturer, Karen Dicken, has recently won a silver award at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards.
A jeweller to trade, with a Masters from the Royal College of Art, Karen lectures part-time in jewellery design and silversmithing. Karen’s winning design in the Technological Innovation 3D category was titled ‘Forever or a Day’ and featured a series of six laser-welded steel rings.
“The inspiration for the collection was a diamond given to me from my parent’s eternity ring after they divorced. I incorporated the diamond into the largest design and this was the inspiration behind the title of the series ‘Forever or a Day,’” said Karen.
“Through the collection, I want people to think about the symbolism of marriage and diamonds. I want them to question whether a diamond is forever or is it just a moment in time?”
The latest award is Karen’s ninth win at the Craft and Design Awards. She has previously been won three gold awards, a silver and four commended in the categories of Technological Innovation, Fashion Design, Gallery Design, 2D Platinum Design and Silversmithing.
The annual goldsmiths’ competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals. The prestigious award ceremony took place in the Goldsmith’s Hall, London earlier this month and was accompanied by an exhibition of the winners’ work.
In total, there were 130 winners across 23 categories with 21 gold and 43 silver awards.
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