… as crafts continue to flourish in Glasgow's colleges
Deacon Convener Bishop Idris Jones
with Ashleigh and her award winning 3-D set
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
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
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
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
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 with Katie and her award
|Ashleigh and her gold medal winning