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ECC NZ Student Design/Craft Awards Winners


The 2017 ECC NZ Student Design/Craft Awards ceremony took place on 2nd 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, Village Goldsmith's creative director and founder, was a member of the judging team who included Anita Dykes (ECC), Federico Monsalve (Urbis), Johnathon Hall (Rembrandt), and Phil Bracen (phil&teds and Mountain Buggy).

Judges of 2017 ECC NZ Student Design/Craft Awards

We would like to congratulate Meg van Hale from Dunedin School of Art of Otago Polytechnic, who was the winner of The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award.  

Ian Douglas, judge of the Jewellery category presented the cash prize of $1000 to Meg van Hale.

Meg’s winning design, “Bite the Hand” is a ring that makes a statement about climate change and its environmental effects by using gems on a crab’s exo-skeleton.


Bite the Hand by Meg van Hale

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

Samantha Lemon from Ara Institute of Canterbury (previously Christchurch Polytechnic), Jun Xie from Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Nikita Stevenson from Tai Poutini Polytechnic.


Material Wealth by Samantha Lemon
I bet you cannot unknot this knot by Nikita Stevenson
Sandstone by Jun Xie

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

Ceramics: Jenny Ritchie from Ara Institute of Canterbury
Fashion and Textile: Greta Menzies from Otago Polytechnic
Furniture and Product: Rachel Hall from Massey University
Lighting: Josh Bruderer from Massey University

Read more about other winners here.

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