The winner of Goldsmiths’ Fair Best New Design Award for Week One was announced at Goldsmiths’ Fair on Wednesday.
This year’s winner was chosen by Victoria Broackes, senior curator for the department of theatre and performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Vicky chose Hazel Thorn as the winner, for her latest collection of work. Hazel uses a combination of base and precious metals, constructing metal sheets which she transforms into sculptural vessels. Hazel then applies the same chemical patination to the whole object which affects the mixed metals in varied ways, producing contrasting colours that highlight the structure of the sheet.
Hazel grew up in a remote part of the Highlands, and has always loved wild places and natural objects. She explores intuitively with metal, and finds that her admiration for the complexity, order and chaos of such forms and places surfaces indirectly.
Vicky also chose Kayo Saito for a special commendation. Kayo’s work is influenced by plants and organic forms, whose apparent fragility, structure and vital energy always awaken her creativity. Kayo was also featured in the Goldsmiths’ Fair ‘Excellence Made’ film, created by Petr Krejčí for 2018, showcasing the inspiration and extraordinary talent of the Fair’s silversmiths and jewellers.
The winner of the Best New Design Award was awarded £1,000 and a bottle of Gosset Champagne.