Chinese students from Birmingham City University are celebrating after winning awards for their creativity at a national design exhibition.
New Designers showcases the fresh-thinking and innovation of 3,000 individuals, providing a pipeline of new talent into the UK’s creative industries.
Sheng Zhang and Chen Cheng from the University’s School of Jewellery were both recognised for their artistic flair. Sheng, from Taiyuan in Shanxi province, picked up Goldsmiths’ Company Silversmithing Award whilst Chen, from Jinhua in Zhejiang province, was awarded Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Jewellery.
Chen’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ kinetic jewellery collection impressed judges who said that the fluidity and design of her concept makes an exciting, elegant and refreshing take on body jewellery.
Chen said: “I’m surprised and very excited. I never expected to win this amazing award and I’m looking forward to what the future holds!” She added that her jewellery “shows the body’s limitations and focuses on movement. I chose the topic of ballet dancing to develop movement – each piece has movement.”
Sheng and Chen were awarded work placements and travel bursaries as part of their prize.