SJTA honors student design competition winners

Winners of a student design competition hosted by Southern Jewelry Travelers Association and the Savannah College of Art and Design were announced at an awards presentation held Feb. 27, during the Atlanta Jewelry Show.

Themed ‘Trip To The Movies’ the competition challenged students and alumni from SCAD’s Metals and Jewelry Program to design a commercial piece of jewelry inspired by the style, content, and aesthetics from a particular movie of their choosing.

The overall award of “Best in Show” was given to Kelly L. Robinson for her piece inspired by the film Being John Malkovich. The other winners in their respective categories are:

GOLD AND PLATINUM:
First Place: Megan Clark for Wings of Desire
Second Place: Ryan Ricks for The Seven Samari
Third Place: Molly Dingledine for The Great Gatsby

SILVER
First Place: Kelly Robinson for Being John Malkovich
Second Place: Hallie Norris for Alice in Wonderland
Third Place: Tim Foster for Almost Famous

ALTERNATIVE METALS AND METHODS
First Place:Carolyn McGonagal for Rollerball
Second Place: Elizabeth Thompson for Bakara
Third Place: Ivy Maddox for Toys

Guest judge and award-winning jewelry designer Henry Dunay presented the awards. Event sponsors were Guertin Brothers, Stuller, Inc., and Galetea/ Jewelry By Artist.

SCAD a private, a Savannah, Ga.-based non-profit accredited college awarding bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees, and SJTA partnered in the spring of 2004 to launch this competition as a way to recognize outstanding work in a host of media and to give budding jewelry designers an inside look at the commercial jewelry industry.

The competition was open to current matriculating students and alumni. Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, including members of the press, industry designers, and retail jewelry store owners. All pieces were evaluated on the basis of overall design, marketability, wearability and craftsmanship.