The 2012 KCA Alumni Award Exhibition Previewing and the Awarding Ceremony was held in Cooper Gallery Project Space, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD), on Tuesday, 23rd October. The final year animation student Jenny Pattison, originally from Glasgow, is the inaugural winner of the award.
The award was set up by X. Kevin Li, the President of Keass Creative Association. Kevin graduated from DJCAD with a degree in Time Based Art at DJCAD in 2004. Having fond memories of his time at DJCAD, Kevin was keen to give something back to the college and set up the competition to encourage outstanding creativity in current students.
The competition is open to students from the Animation, Digital Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Environmental Design, Jewellery & Metal Design, Product Design, Based Art & Digital Film and Textile Design. Students were invited to submit examples of their work to the competition. Approximately 20 students entered the competition and five were shortlisted for Kevin to review.
“I was very excited to review the works of the five competitors from DJCAD,” Kevin said. “They had brilliantly expressed and presented their creative ideas through their artworks. I enjoyed their works very much and their potential and qualities as a designer are what the KEASS Creative Awards are looking for.
“Jenny has very good drawing skills, and she had a strong ability to control the overall design process. I could clearly understand what she was trying to express in her work, and she developed the ideas very well.”
Jenny describes her portfolio as a mixture of animation, life drawing, game art and personal work geared to improve the skills she requires to enter the games industry in a creative role.
The other shortlisted students, whose work will be displayed alongside Jenny’s, are Frances Wright (Interior & Environmental Design), Beth Lamont (Jewellery & Metal Design), Judy Scott (Textile Design) and Jeppe Nielsen (Time Based Art & Digital Film).