LONDON, December 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The winner of the Avakian Scholarship was announced at the Central Saint Martins BA Jewellery Awards this fall 2013. Avakian will be funding the cost of studies of one final year student annually for each of the next three academic years and is delighted to announce that Tiffany Baehler has been chosen for the first 2013/14 Avakian Scholarship.
The final selection process was whittled down to five students who were each invited to present their portfolios at an interview panel including Avakian director, Corinne Avakian and Caroline Broadhead, BA Jewellery Course Leader.
Corinne Avakian said, "Tiffany demonstrated great imagination and originality in the development of her designs. The diversity and range of her creativity really shone through and I am delighted to be in a position to offer this scholarship." The winner of the scholarship will also benefit from a six-month paid internship at the workshops of the Geneva-based family jewellers.
Caroline Broadhead presented the Scholarship Award saying, "The judging process is often very difficult and so hard to highlight any one student over another. Tiffany has a natural talent, which comes across in the way she works and understands how jewellery is worn."
2nd year student Baehler was also recognised in two other Award categories, receiving Second Prize in the Cartier Award, presented by Nathalie Verdeille and second prize in The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers Alias Wire Workers Award, presented by Andrew Balcombe.
Avakian is also delighted to announce Dennis Song as the winner of a new Avakian Award for 1st year students, aimed at encouraging young designers to work to a design brief. This year the brief was to design an elaborate 'Oscar style' hair ornament.
Corinne Avakian commented, "We are really excited to be involved with Central Saint Martins and I look forward to seeing how our first Scholarship Award winner progresses."
Notes to editors:
Swiss Jewellery House, established over 40 years ago with boutiques in Geneva, London, Moscow, Beverly Hills and New York, Avakian creates jewels that switch easily between day and night and are remarkable for their flexibility when worn and held. Bespoke commissions include a crown made for an Asian king for his wedding ceremony.
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
Central Saint Martins' graduates range from Stella McCartney to Anthony Gormley and Pierce Brosnan. Previous BA Jewellery programme sponsors include the V&A, Cartier and the British Museum. Influential Central Saint Martins' BA Jewellery graduates now hold design positions at De Beers, Garrard, and Van Cleef&Arpels, and include Hannah Martin and Tomasz Donocik.
Central Saint Martins is part of University of the Arts London.