Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Rewarding Creativity

I love working with the many Art & Design students who use our collections to inspire their work. For most, visiting our Study Room is their first experience of working with an archive, and helping them to make connections between our collections and their own creative practice is both a pleasure and a privilege.

MoDA's Arthur Silver Award was set up specifically to encourage final year Middlesex Art & Design students to engage with our collections in this way. We'll shortly be announcing the winner of this year's Award, so it seems like a good time to catch up with our two previous winners.
Model from  Elena's catwalk show, 2009

BA Fashion student Elena Picone won the Award when it was first launched in 2009. She chose to create a menswear collection inspired by floral chintzes she discovered at MoDA. Two years after graduating she is an Assistant Designer for a new menswear brand, and had this to say about the Award:

"There is so much inspiration to gain at MoDA...The Arthur Silver Award is so important to not only challenge and drive students but to make them aware of the abundance of inspiration which is right under their noses!"

BA Applied Print student Annie Skipper was our winner in 2010. Annie used John Aldridge’s ‘Moss’ wallpaper from MoDA’s collections to inspire complex naturalistic patterns. The patterns she created were used to adorn a huge carved log seat and accompanying furniture in a range of mediums and textures. Having won the £1000 prize, Annie hoped to be able to buy her own printing screens and equipment to enable her to continue working post-graduation.

2010 Winner of the Arthur Silver Award,
Annie Skipper
So who will win this year's award?.....Watch this space!

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