A View to a Krill wins The Grand Second Prize

A highly talented silversmithing and jewellery student from Newquay has scooped a top tier award at this year’s Student Medal Project, a competition showcasing the art of the medal in art colleges.

Achieving The Grand Second Prize with her piece called ‘A View to a Krill’, Lesley  Stone  beat 130 students from fifteen other UK colleges including local institutions, Falmouth University and Plymouth College of Art. Lesley was awarded with £500 and made a member of the British Art Medal Society for the year with invites to all of their events.

Tasked with designing and creating an artistic medal for her Advanced Craftsmanship module, Lesley chose to build on contemporary global issues. Lesley said “my first thought was to find a good strap line. I decided to choose the plight of the blue whale and krill – the largest mammal on Earth eats one of the smallest animals every day”. On choosing her strapline, she adds “it came from James Bond with a twist – ‘A View to A Krill”. I wanted to highlight the fact that both the hunter and the hunted are endangered. I used the eyes of both creatures as the ‘view’ by cutting down through both their eyes to the other side of the medal”.

The Student Medal Project, hosted by the British Art Medal Society, is designed to encourage and promote the art of making medals throughout art colleges in the UK. Art medals are small, two-sided works usually cast in bronze. Over one hundred student medals from up to fifteen college are submitted each year. These medals are judged for prizes and to be selected for exhibition. The project is heavily supported by a number of prestigious institutions such as the Worshipful Company of Founders, the Worshipful Company of Cutlers and Thomas Fattorini Ltd, a 200-year-old business that works with Designer Makers and Artistic Craftsmen.

On receiving her award, Lesley said: “I would never have thought about or even attempted to create a bronze cast art medal if I hadn’t been introduced to the process at the College”. She added: “This course has really pushed the boundaries of my abilities and creativity in ways I could not have conceived before taking this Foundation Degree”.

This achievement comes as Truro and Penwith College announce the introduction of two new University level Art and Design courses: FdA Design Craft Maker and BA (Hons) Craft and Design. These courses have been designed for those who aspire to have a career in artistic crafts such as metal work, textiles and ceramics.

If you are interested in studying university level courses at Truro and Penwith College contact HEenquiry@truro-penwith.ac.uk or come and see us at one of our upcoming Open Events, visit www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/events for details.