School of art hands jewellery student top prize

Glasgow School of Art graduate Aileen Tan has clinched this year’s Glasgow 1999 Medal for her kinetic jewellery designs.

The award was introduced by Scotland’s national centre for architecture design and the city, The Lighthouse, as a legacy of Glasgow’s Year of Architecture and Design in 1999.

It rewards exceptional innovation and will be presented annually to the best design student from the city’s higher and further education institutions.

Presenting Ayrshire-born Tan with the award, Terence Conran paid tribute to the creative industries, highlighting the £32bn contribution to the UK economy over the next five years. The winning medal was designed by Scottish design consultancy Graven Images.

Tan (pictured) was presented with a £1000 travel bursary, with which she hopes to spend some time in Italy developing ideas.

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