Industry-leading global forecast and analysis service Stylesight, will present a special award to a KickStart designer at International Jewellery London 2012 – the KickStart Trend Award. The prize will be a years subscription to the innovative trend service, worth $8,500 USD.
The award was launched at the 2011 show and designer Claire English won the coveted prize.
Nearly a year on, Claire English said: “I found Stylesight to be a marvellous way to interact with the web and do research. I will be bringing some mood boards created in Stylesight to IJL with me this year when I exhibit with my own stand. These two dimensional visual mind maps will enrich and support understanding of what trends my new Tooth & Claw collection feeds into and where I drew my inspirations from.
“I’m really looking forward to the show this year. I will have my diamond jubilee piece to showcase and I'll be launching the new collection. It features pearl & garnet set pieces which combine my interest in medieval design and the symbolic potency of an urban fox's tooth and claw.”
Stylesight provides world-class content, tools and technology for creative professionals in the style and design industries, combining visionary trend forecasting and indispensable analysis with an online workspace designed to help analyse and anticipate the ever-changing marketplace.
“KickStart already provides an excellent commercial launch pad for promising new designers, and this prize provides an additional fantastic creative platform for the IJL KickStart designer selected for the special award. All of the designers tend to be very trend aware and forward-thinking so this invaluable tool is the ideal prize for such an award,” commented Event Director Sam Willoughby.
KickStart, which is supported by the British Jewellers’ Association, is a bursary scheme for talented new designers who are selected to exhibit on a group stand at leading jewellery trade show IJL.
The KickStart Trend Award will be presented by Stylesight’s Director of Trend Forecasting, Jane Boddy. She said: “At Stylesight, we genuinely feel that IJL is one of the most progressive platforms for jewellery designers to showcase their collections to the media and the industry as a whole. I can’t wait to sit on the panel for the award and see the innovative work from these exciting new designers.”
International Jewellery London takes place from 2-5 September 2012 at Earls Court, London. It is organised by Reed Exhibitions.
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