Last night the Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards were held as part of the Melbourne International Design Week, at Federation Square. Unfortunately I could not make it to Melbourne for the awards night, but I received an email this morning, and I am extremely excited to say that I was awarded the AGOTYA in the category of jewellery design!!!
Congratulations to all of the other finalist across the different design categories, I wish I had of been able to see your works and meet each of you. A big congratulations to all for the AGOTYA category winners, Dylan White (University of Canberra) – Object Design; Belinda Rabe (Design College Australia, QLD) – Visual Communications; Emily Robertson (CATC Design School, VIC) – Interior Design and Decoration; Kate Williams (Massey University, NZ) – Fashion and Textile Design; Natarsha Tezcan (University of New South Wales) – Interior Design!
Also a massive congratulations to Dylan White, who was not only the winner in the category of object design, but was also award the Overall Award of Excellence! I had the pleasure of meeting Dylan at the NSW/ACT GOTYA night in March of this year. His work is amazing and I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.
Thank you to all of the judges, especially the jewellery judges Nicky Hepburn from NorthCity4 and Sarah Ross from Studio Ingot, for your time, support and feedback, as well as selecting me as the jewellery category winner. Also a very special thanks to the Design Institute of Australia, all of the organisers, sponsors and supporters! This is an amazing program and an opportunity for graduating designers and it was wonderful to be a part of it all this year.
Finally thank you to all of the teachers and staff in the Jewellery and Object Design Department at Design Centre Enmore! You are an incredible group of people that have guided, supported and mentored me over the past three years. You have all taught me invaluable skills and knowledge and for that I cannot thank you enough! Of course my biggest thanks goes to my close friends and family, you all know who you are. I love you all and I would not be able to do all that I have done and will do without you! xo
© Carly Lay 2015
To see pictures of the night or for more information about AGOTYA click on the links below:
Design Institute of Australia – AGOTYA
Australasian Graduate of the Year – Facebook Page