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Winning Bronze at the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards 2016


 This year was the first time I entered into the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards (GCDA) so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The brief I entered was CAD presentation as I have been building up on my CAD skills for a while and this was a great way to apply my skills creatively. The brief was to design a movable object using computer aided design (CAD). The item created must utilise CAD to its fullest extent and showed the potential for manufacture in new technologies. I was excited by this topic as playful jewellery really interests me.


I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter through to say I had won an award and was invited to the awards evening in London! It was such a great personal achievement to receive this award, and I am over the moon. Especially coming from my 3D Design background, and taking such a big step to push myself, and my career, forwards in Jewellery Design. Receiving this award in CAD presentation just shows that perseverance and hard work pays off and it is possible for anyone! I am honoured to be exhibiting with all the other amazing entries and getting to meet some inspirational people at the awards evening in the spectacular Goldsmiths hall.


Inspiration behind my design


So backtracking a bit… When I first got this brief I looked some of the things that inspire me most to influence my initial sketches, and then developed a design along with the brief from there. I am really interested in nature but not in the traditional sense. I like looking at things which have structure, repeating patterns and symmetry. In the past I have looked at leaves and their intricate veins. This time however I wanted to look more at butterfly chrysalis's as I find them fascinating, and there are some very unusual tropical butterflies that have chrysalis's that look like gold!

 I really like drawing, so I did some studies from my mood board and my designs developed from there. I ended up looking at butterfly wings and developing a Chrysalis like form that opened and closed to reveal a beautiful Malachite gemstone. There is a multi functionality aspect to my design as it can be worn as a closed locket or an open necklace.


Creating the final piece in CAD


I chose to work with Rhino and Matrix when designing the Chrysalis Locket. This was because I could have the freedom to create the shape I wanted and design the complex mechanical moving parts and use the gemstone tools in Matrix. I started off by working out the net of the shape and building the form using rails and surfaces until I had a solid shape to work with. I slowly started to create a pattern in the shape and my design evolved through working in Rhino.


The most difficult part of the design was making the two halves join and move so that it would open and close. For this I had to go back to my sketchbook, do some more problem solving in CAD, and model testing on an UP Printer and Auto Desk Ember Printer.

After all the testing and modelling I worked out the kinks and was able to make the vital components that ensured that the two halves were secure yet still movable. I could then work on creating the final piece and getting some high quality renders to professionally present for Goldsmiths.


Final Presentation

This is the 2D CAD Presentation that I submitted and won the Bronze Award for in 2016.


I am so proud to have been included in such a prestigious event. And already there has been so much buzz around the event with the evening being referred to as the jewellery oscars.

 I would like to congratulate all the other amazing winners especially those winners for the CAD Presentation Catagory:

  • Anousca Hume

  • Morgan Morey

  • Gabi Gucci

  • Rupert Todd​

For a full list of the completion winners check out the Goldsmiths exhibition catalogue


There is an exhibition on at the Goldsmiths Hall displaying all the winners from each catagory. It is free to the public and only on until the 4th of March 2016 so hurry down!

Its open from 10am -5pm


Goldsmiths' Hall

Foster Lane

London EC2V 6BN


And whilst you’re in London enjoy the buzz of the city and adventure to see some of the sights. We stayed over night and spent the following day exploring St Paul's Cathedral, Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, Liberty's, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Harrods, Natural History Museum and Hatton Garden.