Monday 22 July 2019

Chloe is a 'future maker'

Seven emerging designers and craftspeople from Dublin, including one from Swords have been announced as recipients of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's (DCCoI) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme for 2019.

Future Makers is one of Europe's largest prize-funded award programmes for students and emerging makers and a total of €25,000 was awarded to 23 designers and craftspeople this year.

The announcement took place at an awards ceremony last Friday, 14th June in The Westbury, Dublin which was officially opened by fashion designer, educator and former Future Makers winner, Natalie B. Coleman. The certificates were presented to the recipients on the night by DCCoI Chair Breege O'Donoghue.

(€1,000) for her ceramics work and the judges also wanted to support Elaine's important research into materials, commenting: 'There are cross overs here between craft and science.' Elaine is based in Rathmines.

Chloe Joyce, a fashion design student from Swords who studies at Limerick School of Art & Design, was awarded Travel and Training Support (€500).

The judges commented: 'Japanese avant-garde in style, these pieces are playful with an innovative use of materials. Kitsch and presenting an interesting merger of theatre, costume and fashion.'

Divided into student/recent graduate and emerging maker categories, the Future Makers Awards & Supports programme recognises and rewards vision, innovation and excellence in both making and the creative process and is one of several DCCoI initiatives supporting a new generation of talent in the design and craft sector.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2019, this year's prize fund was increased to €25,000 reflecting DCCoI's ongoing commitment to supporting and investing in the potential of talented makers that are in the crucial early stages of their career journeys.

Future Makers 2019 received the highest number of entries to date with 214 applications submitted and assessed through a formal judging process.

Entries for 2019 were evaluated by a panel of national and international judges over two stages.

Well done Chloe!

Fingal Independent