JCK Las Vegas 2016 to Debut Kickstarter Class

The group of seven students will exhibit at the Design Center at JCK Las Vegas 2016

For the first time, seven jewelry and design students will exhibit work at the Design Center at JCK Las Vegas. 

Dubbed the Kickstarter Class, the seven students were chosen from top jewelry and design colleges. The prize is an opportunity to exhibit in the Design Center, including a complimentary showcase space.

The members of the inaugural Kickstarter Class are: Maneli Sarmadi, Savannah College of Art & Design; Sophia Chai, Georgian College; Katherine Dannenberg, Rochester Institute of Technology; Olivia Shih, California College of the Arts;  Vicky Lew, Central St. Martins; Lizz Roberts, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising; and Lisa Krulasik, Pratt Institute.

“We are extremely excited about the new Design Center and the Exhibitor Evolution Model, which will be a pathway to success for emerging designers,” said Katie Dominesey, industry vice president, JCK. “Not only do we have more Rising Stars, 21 have been chosen through a tough vetting process, but our Kickstarter phase is essentially capturing these designers in their infancy and bringing them up through the system. Our Resident Designers, brands such as Sydney Lynch and Michael John Jewelry, have paved the way for designer talent and shine as beacons of the Design Center. These veterans will undoubtedly have a hand in mentoring the future generations and benefiting from their influence as well. We couldn’t be happier with the way the Design Center is shaping up and excited for everyone to see it have its moment.”

The Kickstarter Class is just one of the exciting new changes to the Design Center, which will move to Bayside, Level 1. The open concept will have three groupings: Kickstarter, Rising Stars, and Resident Designers.

To learn more about the Design Center at JCK Las Vegas, please visit: jckonline.com/lasvegas/designcenter