2018 ECC NZ Student Design/Craft Awards Winners


The 2018 ECC NZ Student Design/Craft Awards ceremony took place on 1 November at ECC Ltd Wellington. Run by Friends of The Dowse, the ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards encourages innovation and creativity among New Zealand tertiary students. The competition provides an opportunity for students to step into creative industries with a coveted award to their name, as well as gain financial assistance for their future endeavours.

Ian Douglas, The Village Goldsmith's creative director and founder, was a member of the judging team who included Anita Dykes (ECC), Federico Monsalve (Urbis), Jonathon Hall (Rembrandt), and Paul Cockburn (L'affare).

Ian Douglas and Grace Yu Piper

We would like to congratulate Grace Yu Piper from Whitireia who was the winner of The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award, with her entry 'Fitting #5'.

Fitting #5 by Grace Yu Piper, winner of the 2018 Village Goldsmith jewellery award

We would also like to congratulate the recipients of the Highly Commended Jewellery Award:

Meg van Hale from Otago Polytechnic and Cindy Tan from Hungry Creek Arts & Crafts School.


Capsule Pendant by Meg van Hale
Stems by Cindy Tan

Lastly, congratulations to all winners from the various award categories, and the institutions they belong to!

Ceramics: Sophie Lemaire-Sicre from Massey University
Fashion and Textile: Hope Duncan from Otago Polytechnic
Furniture and Product: Michael Scott Jones from Massey University
Lighting: Elizabeth Cassels, Leslie Meadows, Shubham Ghantha, Matthew Robilliard
Innovation in Sustainability: Justin Bain from Victoria University
2018 Supreme Winner: Michael Scott Jones from Massey University
2018 People's Choice Award Winner: Hanne De Ridder, Clara Glen, Zene Krige from Massey University Wellington

Read more about other winners here.

The Village Goldsmith is a proud sponsor of this competition along with ECC Lighting+Furniture, Urbis Magazine, Rembrandt, Tuatara Brewing, L'affare and Efficient Moving and Storage.