The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has announced the participation dates for the third edition of its jewellery design competition, The Artisan Awards 2020. Starting from September 5th, the Artisan Awards is inviting entries from talented designers across the globe from various design disciplines – fashion, jewellery, architecture, animation, typography and others – to inspire the world by creating extraordinary jewellery pieces. The last day for submitting artworks is October 31st 2019.
The theme for this year’s Artisan Awards is “Architectural Gems”. For centuries, architecture has played a key influence in fashion and jewellery design. Both architecture and jewellery are inspired by artworks and shapes with key principles of durability, utility and beauty.
With this theme, The Artisan Awards 2020 looks at celebrating three key periods from different architectural eras – Art Deco, Islamic Arabesque and NeoFuturism. The participants have to create their architectural gem choosing one of the categories. Nominations are invited in any of the jewellery categories: Rings, Pendants, Brooches, Pins, Earrings or Bracelets.
The Artisan Awards 2020 aims to celebrate and recognise the highest levels of art, creativity and innovation by honouring the best talent in jewellery design and elevating designers to their rightful status of artists.
“India’s manufacturing capabilities are known the world over. It’s been our constant endeavour to showcase India’s design prowess, and The Artisan Awards is one such effort in that direction,” said Pramod Agrawal, chairman, GJEPC.
Milan Chokshi, convener – promotion marketing and business development sub-committee, GJEPC, said, “The Artisan Awards is a specially curated intellectual property of the GJEPC that showcases India’s design extravagance to the world and gives Indian designers an opportunity to unleash their sheer talent and shine.”
For designers, the awards present a unique opportunity to be rewarded in multiple ways. Winners of this competition receive much publicity and instant recognition in the industry and among buyers. There is also a prestigious internship with a globally renowned design house or design expert, and a cash prize for the winners.
The jury for this edition of The Artisan Awards is expected to be announced soon. Previous editions have included luminaries drawn from the fashion and jewellery world like Kallol Datta, Pallavi Folley, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Farah Khan Ali, Priya Tanna, Payal Singhal, Nisha Jhangiani, Ashiesh Shah, Shimul Mehta Vyas, and Usha Balakrishnan among others.