Our heartiest congraluations to Michaela Bruton, who was awarded the major professional development prize presented by Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and Global Arts Projects, at the opening of Fresh! last Thursday evening.
Michaela, a graduate of RMIT's Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) - Gold and Silversmithing program, will receive a professional development package that includes a 2010 exhibition at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, a year of mentoring by Craft Victoria and $500 cash. What a sweet prize!
For her winning piece Michaela investigated 18th Century Chinese filigree and explored its ability to capture and claim space before using these techniques to construct an intricate, contemporary sculptural piece (works pictured).
The following Fresh! awards were also presented:
· Sofitel Melbourne On Collins and Global Art Projects special mention: Emma Lashmar, Monash University, Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours
· Third Drawer Down Product Development Award: Sarah Deed, RMIT University, Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, Honours – Sculpture
· Screaming Pixel Professional Photography Portfolio Award: Emi Fukuda, RMIT University, Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art – Gold and Silversmithing
· Northcote Pottery Supplies Award: Matthew Briscoe, University of Ballarat TAFE, Diploma of Ceramics
· Artichoke Subscription Award: Sian Edwards, Monash University, Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours and Kaori Kato, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours
We would like to congratulate all the 2009 Fresh! finalists including Biatta Kelly, Jessica Knell, Justine Rouse, Madeline Sharrock and Mary Hackett, because when it comes down to it, everyone's a winner.