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Trades House Education Festival Craftex2018 Design Prize Inspired by Mackintosh

This week Craftex2018 opened with hundreds of entries from the very best of Glasgow’s college students’ work. 

The standard was deemed ‘outstanding’ by the judges, raising the bar and inspiring work of future students.

Valentina Boneva of Glasgow Kelvin College was awarded The Deacon Convener’s Design Prize.  Originally from Bulgaria she moved to Scotland 2 years ago.  Her award winning piece combines exquisite jewellery with sculpture. 

Valentina said: “I have always been interested in crafts, but there were not many opportunities to peruse this as a career in Bulgaria, where I worked in hotel management.  I have a passion for creating interesting work, and my winning set of necklace, earrings and sculpture takes inspiration from Charles Rennie Mackintosh.”  Mackintosh was born exactly 150 years ago to the day that this award was presented.

Deacon Convener of the Trades House of Glasgow, Dr Alistair Dorward, said: “Glasgow should celebrate the work of its students.  We have seen outstanding entries in disciplines ranging from ceramics to videography; industrial product design to stringed instruments and

we cannot praise those involved highly enough.  Trades House is proud to be able to showcase the students’ work at this annual exhibition, which this year saw record numbers attend. 

Several of previous years’ winners have been offered jobs as a direct result of taking part in Craftex.

This year’s Quilter Cheviot Award for Excellence and Innovation went to Steven Graham from City of Glasgow College, whose stunning stained glass piece really stood out.  Steven is a retired police officer, but has always been fascinated by glass work so decided to bite the bullet and embark on an HND with a view to taking commissions for his work.  He starts an Honours Degree at Forth Valley College in the autumn.

The Gold Medal was awarded to Alan Forsyth whose intricate wood and string work on his guitar was seen as outstanding.  Alan has been studying ‘Stringed Instrument Making’ at Glasgow Clyde College, and is about to start an HND there.  He previously worked as a joiner, but has been designing and building guitars since he was 14.

The Craftex Exhibition is sponsored by Quilter Cheviot, Investment Managers.   

Craftex2018 is part of the first Trades House Education Festival, which brings all its educational events and awards under one banner.  It is a unique initiative in the City, and one which Trades House hopes will help to motivate, inspire and reward those in education, from primary school children up to students and modern apprentices.  The events run predominately over two weeks and includes initiatives such as the Trades House of Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards, the Glasgow School Craft Awards and Determined to Make Movies.

For further information about Craftex or Trades House please contact claire.whyte@tradeshouse.org.uk . 

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