Golden Girl Wins Best In Show At Craftex

… as crafts continue to flourish in Glasgow's colleges

Gold Medal Winner _Ashleigh StrainDeacon Convener Bishop Idris Jones with Ashleigh and her award winning 3-D set design

Ashleigh Strain (22), a City of Glasgow College student, has won the top gold medal honours at Craftex 2015, the annual Trades House of Glasgow awards and exhibition. It shines the spotlight on the very best traditional and modern crafts, design and technology skills honed in the city's colleges.

Ashleigh, from East Kilbride, who just finished her two-year HND in Interior Design this week, was selected as the best in show for her set design 3-D model for the George Orwell Animal Farm stage production. Part of her set was actually used in the live production at Webster's Theatre in Glasgow, having been selected by the show's director, Stephen Cafferty.

Commenting on her Gold Medal win, Ashleigh said: "I'm overwhelmed by winning the Trades House's best in show accolade. With so much great work on show, it is a real honour. This gives me a brilliant boost as I go on to look for work in interior design."

Katie Donaldson (29) and Alison Hamilton (34), who just completed their two-year NC Bakery and Advance Sugar course at City of Glasgow College yesterday, won the Deacon Convener's Design Prize. Their Harvest Basket made entirely from bread was produced jointly on the theme of Little Red Riding Hood's basket, complete with tartan blanket.

Commenting on their Design Prize win, Katie, from Balerno in Edinburgh said: "We're truly finishing our course on a high with the Deacon Convener's Design Prize. We are both over the moon. While the hunt is on for me to find a suitable kitchen to set up my own business, Alison is already working with the award-winning Liggy's Cake Company in Edinburgh."

Both winning pieces are on show as part of the Craftex exhibition of work by college students until Saturday 6 June in the Trades Hall of Glasgow, Glassford Street, home to the Trades House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts. Entry to the exhibition is free.

"Our many congratulations go to Ashleigh, Katie and Alison, along with all of this year's 50 category winners," said Bishop Idris Jones, Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow. "Since establishing Craftex in 1995, the Trades House has helped highlight the high calibre of work coming out of our Glasgow colleges, demonstrating that many of our traditional crafts are continuing to flourish alongside new technology.

"Craftex is such a unique and effective platform for students either seeking employment or launching their own business, with company and careers representatives amongst the hundreds attracted to the exhibition. We are delighted to see the initiative going from strength to strength each year."

Contributing to Craftex 2015 are the City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College. This year's event is sponsored by Glasgow City Council, Graven Images, Thomas Tunnock Ltd, the Merchants House of Glasgow, the Society of Weavers of Anderston, Scottish Engineering and the 14 Incorporated Trades of Glasgow that unite to form the Trades House.

Ashleigh also won the 3 Dimensional Art Advanced category in the awards, sponsored by the Incorporation of Fleshers. Katie and Alison also won the Bread Making Advanced category, sponsored by the Incorporation of Maltmen. All category winning students will receive their awards at an evening prizegiving ceremony in the Trades Hall on Friday 5 June 2015.

The Craftex Exhibition is open to the public on Thursday 4 June from 10am to 7.30pm and on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June from 10am to 4.30pm.

Deacon Convener 's Design Prize Winner _Katie Donaldson Gold Medal Winner _Ashleigh Strain With Medal
Deacon Convener with Katie and her award winning 
bread basket 
Ashleigh and her gold medal winning 3-Dimensional 
set design