Future Scottish art and design stars honoured at Dundee craft exhibition

Jewellery designer Sayoko Kobayashi at her workshop

Jewellery designer Sayoko Kobayashi at her workshop

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Rising stars of Scottish art, craft and design were honoured at a major new showcase aimed at recognising new talent.

Four up-and-coming jewellery, textile and glass designers and makers shared £10,000 worth of prizes at the inaugural Scottish Craft Awards.

Lucy Simpson's silicone print on knit design

Lucy Simpson's silicone print on knit design

Staged in Dundee, the UK’s only Unesco City of Design, the awards were open to all graduates of Scotland’s art and design colleges, with the winners drawn from a 10-strong shortlist.

Hosted by Mark Hogarth, creative director of Harris Tweed Hebrides, the awards were instigated by the Inches Carr Trust, which was set up to commemorate husband and wife Deirdre Inches and Malcolm Carr, who were both directors of the leading Scottish jewellery and silversmith firm Hamilton and Inches, after they both died when they were in their forties in the mid-1990s. Each winner of the new awards, which were hosted at the Apex Hotel, will get £2500 to help further their careers.

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Jewellery designer Sayoko Kobayashi worked as a fashion buyer in Japan before studying art and design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Currently a designer in residence there, she uses materials like wood, resin, enamels and plant seeds in her work.

Textile designer Lucy Simpson works with digital technology and silicone, which is normally used to seal baths and windows, to create tactile surfaces on fabric. She has had her work showcased at London Design Festival and Milan Design Week since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art.

Manchester-born Harry Morgan, a graduate of the glass programme at Edinburgh College of Art, has developed a innovative process to bind concrete and glass together, allowing him to develop a range of unique commercial products, including chandeliers.

Karolina Baines, who works largely with enamel, studied at Stevenson College and Coburg House Art Studios in Edinburgh before graduating in jewellery and silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art.

Robin Blair, chair of the Inches Carr Trust, said: “We hope these new awards will be an encouragement to the many marvellously creative graduates who come out of the Scottish are and design colleges.”

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