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Jewellery graduate Amelia Marks scoops Design Institute of Australia award

14 Jun 2017

Congratulations to Amelia Marks, graduate of Melbourne Polytechnic's Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design and now winner of the Design Institute of Australia's Graduate of the Year (AGOTYA) in the Object and Jewellery category.

Entering its fifth year, the Agotya Awards for 2017 were adjudicated by a panel of industry peers. This years’ winners have the opportunity to gain mentorships, prize money and acknowledgement from the design community. 

The AGOTYA judges this year were:

  • Mim Fanning – Mim Design
  • Susan Tait – Tait outdoor
  • Ross Didier – Didier
  • Claudio Oyarce – Denfair Creative Director and Graphic designer
  • Cassie Hansen – Artichoke

The 'backyard' inspiration of Amelia's submission really captured the judges' attention, and they commented on the "intricacy of each of Amelia's pieces, particularly Prickly Pear and Freshly Cut as miniatures of their real life form, but also with a creative aspect". They noted that they were "Uniquely detailed and executed for the scale."  To see Amelia's winning submission in full, click through to the DIA website.

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Amelia completed the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design full-time, with class flexibility allowing her to work around her family’s busy schedule. She also caught the eye of her teachers, who quickly identified her as a student with great potential.

“We have very high expectations of our students and encourage them to do their best, and Amelia really rose to the challenge,” says Lynley Traeger, one of the passionate teachers in the Melbourne Polytechnic Jewellery program.

Amelia, who graduated in 2016, was approached by Bini Gallery in Fitzroy to stock her pieces, and also won the Arbor Mentorship Award, a huge testament to her skill and craftsmanship. She is now working with Ellinor Mazza, Director of Arbor in Brunswick, on a jewellery range that will debut in the store in coming months.

If you’d like to see samples of Amelia’s gorgeous work, we recommend a visit to her website, ameliamarksmakes.com 

Main photo: Object and Jewellery category winner Amelia Marks. Photography: Daniella Casamento