North Glasgow College student takes top Craftex Award
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:17
Deacon Convener Jack Steele with gold medal winner Lynn Cochran.
A wool mixture coat-dress in cream and deep orange has won its creator, North Glasgow College student Lynn Cochran (20), best in show gold medal honours at Craftex 2012. This is the Trades House of Glasgow's annual craft awards and exhibition, which shines the spotlight on the very best traditional and modern crafts, design and technology skills taught at Glasgow's colleges.
The free Craftex exhibition is open until Saturday 9 June within the opulent setting of the Trades Hall, Glassford Street, Glasgow. Lynn's winning piece is part of the comprehensive show covering end of term curriculum work prepared by students across a wide variety subjects. It was established in 1995 and is promoted by the Trades House of Glasgow, a federation of the city's ancient crafts originating from 1605.
"It's unbelievable - I am so delighted to have won gold medal honours at Craftex in what has been such a strong year," said Lynn, who has just completed her HND Design and works part time for Lisa Cochrane at Dragonfly Dress Design and also Superdrug. "I couldn't have done it without the help of my lecturers Sandra Thomson and Nancy Paxton, whose inspirational motto is 'nothing is a bother'."
The Craftex competition was judged this year by Margaret
McCulloch MSP for Central Scotland. Deacon Convener of the
Trades of Glasgow, Jack Steele, also selected his own Best Design
award, which went to Katie Roberts-Wood (26), an HND student in
Fashion, Design and Manufacture at Cardonald College, for her
natural hand needle-felted merino wool jacket. Katie, who
completed a Degree in Medicine at the University of Glasgow before
embarking on a change in career, is now going on to take a Masters
in Fashion at Kingston College, London.
"This is completely unexpected," said Katie. "I'm both delighted and surprised to have won the Deacon Convener's Best Design award."
Along with Lynn and Katie, a winner in each of the 26 categories will receive a cheque for £100 along with a certificate at a prize giving ceremony this evening in the Trades Hall.
"We have another fabulous line up at Craftex 2012 showcasing the high calibre of crafts and skills that are being honed by our Glasgow colleges today," said Deacon Convener Jack Steele. "Standards keep getting higher with many of the younger students matching the abilities of those more advanced.
"With business and careers representatives amongst the many attracted to the exhibition each year, Craftex is a unique and valuable platform for students seeking employment or launching their own business. We congratulate Lynn, Katie and all this year's winners in a competition that continues to go from strength to strength."
The event is sponsored this year by the Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Melville Exhibitions, Glasgow City Council, Thomas Tunnock Ltd, J Chandler & Co, the Merchants House of Glasgow, Scottish Engineering, the Weavers Society of Anderston and the 14 Incorporated Trades of Glasgow.