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ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards Recognises Students

ECC New Zealand Student Craft / Design Awards recognises Craft and Design students

The only awards in New Zealand which recognise both design and craft disciplines, will once again be looking for student entries during the month of September. If you're a current tertiary student or 2016 graduate then this is your chance to enter the 2017 ECC New Zealand Student Craft / Design Awards. Run by The Friends of The Dowse the Student Craft / Design Awards have been supporting the emerging careers of designers and crafters for over 28 years.

Entries are welcome from 2nd September in the fields of lighting, furniture and product design, ceramics, fashion, textile design, and jewellery, and close at the end of the day on Saturday 30th September. A formal awards ceremony will take place at the ECC Wellington store on the 2nd November 2017.

The ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Supreme Award is $2,000 in prize money. The Supreme winner will have their work exhibited at the ECC Wellington store and be flown to Wellington for the awards evening. There is one ECC People's Choice Award prize of $1,000 cash and ten highly commended certificates. Category Awards include ECC Ltd Lighting Award $1,000; ECC Ltd Furniture and Product Design Award $1,000; Rembrandt Fashion and Textile Award $1,000 and The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award $1,000.

The judging panel has a line-up of talented designers and crafters in their own right including Phil Bracen from global nursery company phil&teds (and designer of the Fisher & Paykel dish drawer), Ian Douglas founder of The Village Goldsmith, Anita Dykes Lighting Consultant from ECC, Federico Monsalve Editor of Urbis magazine, and Jonathon Hall, Design Manager at Rembrandt.

Leading lighting and furniture design company ECC have once again come on board as the naming partner for the awards. Heather Crichton, Awards Organiser from the Friends of the Dowse, says that with supportive partners there is sure to be a good future for the awards.

"These awards are unique in that they foster and acknowledge those starting out in their creative careers. Tertiary institutions are also very supportive as it gives students from any year of study, the opportunity to enter. In 2016, we had a group of second year industrial design students winning the ECC Furniture and Product Design Award, they were up against 4th year and Masters students. It’s great like that."

Entries close: 20 September 2017

Awards Ceremony: 2nd November, ECC Ltd, Wellington

Display Instore: 2nd November for 2 weeks at ECC Wellington store


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