Inspired by... Winners 2011

108 applicants from diverse backgrounds and from 37 colleges and institutions nationally entered the 2011 competition. Encouraged by over 90 tutors in art, crafts and design, some of them had never been to the Museum before but visited with their art group especially for the Inspired by… competition.  A significant number of entrants had access requirements.

The entries were assessed by a total of  16 curators, programme managers, designers and prize donors. 35 artworks in different media made by students were selected to go on display at the V&A from 4 June – 3 July 2011.

 

Access prize

'Chinese Zip Vase'
Made by Daphne Golding during her Pottery and Sculpture class at City College Peterborough

Inspired By
‘A book collection of clothes and website inspired me to make this vase.’

Judges Comments
‘I love the way that Daphne Golding has been inspired by the Chinese jacket to make such an original object in a completely different medium. The shape of the Chinese collar has inspired the lip of the vase and the opening to the jacket has inspired the shape of the zip which has a charming little dragon as its fastening. Daphne clearly has gained great confidence from attending adult education classes and overcome many difficulties to achieve this very intriguing and innovative work of art.‘

'Chinese Zip Vase', made by Daphne Golding during her Pottery and Sculpture class at City College Peterborough

'Chinese Zip Vase', made by Daphne Golding during her Pottery and Sculpture class at City College Peterborough

Jacket, China, 1920-30, Museum no.T.5-1911 (not currently on display)

Jacket, China, 1920-30, Museum no.T.5-1911 (not currently on display)

Daphne Golding receiving her Access Prize from Head of Diversity Strategy Unit, Eithne Nightingale

Daphne Golding receiving her Access Prize from Head of Diversity Strategy Unit, Eithne Nightingale

 


Benefit of learning prize

(Awarded by National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education)

'My Chance'
Made by Roz Evans Flagg during her Sculpture 2 class at City Lit

Inspired by
 ‘On entering the “Italy” room, I was struck by the apparent patience of the statues awaiting renovation or relocation. The empty display cases had a sense of anticipation, almost willing the onlooker to imagine which piece they will proudly support, allowing themselves to retreat into insignificance.
... I passed by the Rodin hand – it clutched at me as I stepped past, reaching out in desperation.’

Judges Comments
‘It is wonderful to see that the courses Roz has attended at The City Lit have made such an impact on her confidence, helping her to believe in her artistic abilities, improve her skills and develop her passion for art. It is also really encouraging to see the effect that visiting the museum has had on Roz, finding inspiration from several pieces to create her sculpture, and showing the valuable impact that museums and galleries have as engaging locations to inspire learning.’

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) offered £100 in vouchers towards the Benefit of Learning winner.

My Chance, made by Roz Evans Flagg during her Sculpture 2 class at City Lit

My Chance, made by Roz Evans Flagg during her Sculpture 2 class at City Lit

Model – Study of a Hand, by Auguste Rodin, possibly 1884–5, cast by George Rudier, 1952–3. Museum no. A.22-1971, room 111

Model – Study of a Hand By Auguste Rodin, possibly 1884–5 Cast by George Rudier, 1952–3 Museum no. A.22-1971 Room 111

Roz Evans Flagg receiving her Benefit of Learning Prize from Simon Beer from NIACE

Roz Evans Flagg receiving her Benefit of Learning Prize from Simon Beer from NIACE

 


Ceramic prize

'Assumption'
Made by Ara Moradian during his Exploring Sculpture class at Morley College

Inspired by
‘Walking around the V&A I was intrigued to notice how often innocence and frailty in various collections were depicted using a veil or a hood. I wanted to experiment with these assumptions and create a sculpture that explored the use of fabric in conveying certain mood and feeling.’

Judges Comments
‘Mr Moradian’s skill as a modeller has produced a strong and striking portrait that also gives an innate sense of the plasticity and workability of clay.
He has coupled together images of the headdress worn by the Virgin Mary and the idea of the devotional theme of her Assumption with those of a hooded person, capturing a modern view of such a headdress being ‘assumed’ to be worn by an undesirable person.
His work is clever and expertly constructed.’

'Assumption', made by Ara Moradian during his Exploring Sculpture class at Morley College

'Assumption', made by Ara Moradian during his Exploring Sculpture class at Morley College

Altarpiece of the Assumption of the Virgin, by the workshop of Andrea della Robbia, about 1486–1525. Museum no. 6741-1860, room 50b

Altarpiece of the Assumption of the Virgin By the workshop of Andrea della Robbia, About 1486–1525 Museum no. 6741-1860 Room 50b

Ara Moradian receiving the ceramics award from curator, Amy Mechowski on behalf of Terry Bloxham

Ara Moradian receiving the ceramics award from curator, Amy Mechowski on behalf of Terry Bloxham

 


Glass prize

‘Paper…Folds…Blocks…Builds’
Made by Malvinka Bitelli during her BTEC Art & Design class Kensington and Chelsea College

Inspired by
‘I was inspired by El Lissitzky’s book for a child. The six
illustrations, which seem so simple, are so well considered. The use of colour, shape, size, typography are political and social statements.’

Judges comments
‘Inspired by the instructional paper works of El Lissitzky, Mrs Bitelli has created glass versions of folded paper and encased these in a series of glass blocks, positioned like a set of children’s alphabet letter blocks.

Each block is made up of squares of factory-produced sheet glass bonded together with UV glue. The squares have been decorated by sand-blasting and with fused ‘frit’, to build up a three dimensional picture which seems to float in space.’

 

‘Paper…Folds…Blocks…Builds’, made by Malvinka Bitelli during her BTEC Art & Design class Kensington and Chelsea College

‘Paper…Folds…Blocks…Builds’, made by Malvinka Bitelli during her BTEC Art & Design class Kensington and Chelsea College

Book - Plate 4 - Flying From Afar; from The Suprematist Tale of Two Squares, in Six Constructions, by El Lissitzky, 1920. Museum no. 88451 NAL36.G.36, room 74

Book - Plate 4 - Flying From Afar; from The Suprematist Tale of Two Squares, in Six Constructions By El Lissitzky 1920 Museum no. 88451 NAL36.G.36 Room 74

Malvinka Bitelli receiving the award for Glass from curator, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przbylski

Malvinka Bitelli receiving the award for Glass from curator, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przbylski

 


Metalwork and jewellery prize

'Nature in a Frame'
Made by Doina Manuela Neagu during her during her Jewellery BTEC L2 Diploma class at Richmond Adult Community College

'Inspired by'
‘For my inspiration, I chose a process. I tried to give a feeling of nature that is put in a frame, or how the wild and organic shapes of nature are tamed in a perfect square, a man-made shape.’

'Judges Comments'
‘We chose Doina Maneula Neague because she stood out by choosing not an object but a process. We liked the way she had looked at what remains of the material after the art has been ‘taken’ from it and thus made the material the focus. We also felt that she had mirrored the process of relief by the acid etching of her brooch.’

'Nature in a Frame', made by Doina Manuela Neagu during her during her Jewellery BTEC L2 Diploma class at Richmond Adult Community College

'Nature in a Frame', made by Doina Manuela Neagu during her during her Jewellery BTEC L2 Diploma class at Richmond Adult Community College

'Shell', by James Ronca, 1850–90. Museum no. 1386A-1874, room 111

Shell By James Ronca 1850–90 Museum no. 1386A-1874 Room 111

Doina Manuela Neagu receiving the Metalwork and Jewellery award from Carmen Holdsworth Delgado

Doina Manuela Neagu receiving the Metalwork and Jewellery award from Carmen Holdsworth Delgado

 


Sculpture prize

‘Being Mother – It’s no Picnic’
Made by Diana Brothers during her Working with Glass class at Creative Glass Guild

Inspired by
‘When I saw the chest of drawers I began to think three dimensionally. The two chairs triggered me into thinking about ‘being sat on’ as part of the reasoning underpinning my work.’

Judges Comments
‘Being Mother - It's No Picnic’ encompasses a melange of both materials and techniques- a testament to the artist’s ability to coalesce aspects of the two chairs and chest of drawers, as well as Dame Edna’s Breakfast Dress, from which she took inspiration. The title reflects the difficulty of juggling motherhood, career and artistic production, conveyed with a capriciousness and  humour that is evident in the work itself.’

 

‘Being Mother – It’s no Picnic’, made by Diana Brothers during her Working with Glass class at Creative Glass Guild

‘Being Mother – It’s no Picnic’, made by Diana Brothers during her Working with Glass class at Creative Glass Guild

Chest of Drawers: ‘You can’t lay down your memories’, designed by Tejo Remy, 1991, made by Tejo Remy for Droog Design, after 1993. Museum no. W.39-2008, room 76

Chest of Drawers: ‘You can’t lay down your memories’ Designed by Tejo Remy 1991 Made by Tejo Remy for Droog Design, after 1993 Museum no. W.39-2008 Room 76

Diana Brothers receiving the Sculpture award from curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski

Diana Brothers receiving the Sculpture award from curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przybylski and Amy Mechowski

 


Fashion and textiles prize

Untitled
Made by Eleanor Vallerini during her during her BTEC Millinery Level 2 class at Kensington and Chelsea College

Inspired by
‘I was sketching from the Ballets Russes exhibition and already had hats in mind. When I saw this picture, the orange pattern jumped at me and I thought then that it would make a great hat or headpiece.’

Judges Comments
‘I thought the pieces submitted to Inspired By… were all interesting and creative and showed a great range of skills and talents. The winning piece, hat by Eleanor Vallerini really stood out because while it directly draws inspiration from a Natalya Gontcharova backdrop for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, it also works on its own as a great piece of design.
The process of taking a 2-D image and working it into a 3-D object appears to have been seamlessly achieved.
The hat is stylish and witty and certainly an object that makes you want to look and look again to figure out how it is made. The style evokes fashionable hats of the 1930s but is brought up to date by being positioned on a headband, making it easy to wear.’

Untitled, made by Eleanor Vallerini during her during her BTEC Millinery Level 2 class at Kensington and Chelsea College

Untitled, made by Eleanor Vallerini during her during her BTEC Millinery Level 2 class at Kensington and Chelsea College

Design for a Stage Backcloth for the Ballet ‘Le Coq d’Or’, by Natalia Goncharova, 1914. Museum no. E.287-1961

Design for a Stage Backcloth for the Ballet ‘Le Coq d’Or’ By Natalia Goncharova 1914 Museum no. E.287-1961

Eleanor Vallerini receiving the Fashion and Textiles award from Suzana Skrbic on behalf of Oriole Cullen

Eleanor Vallerini receiving the Fashion and Textiles award from Suzana Skrbic on behalf of Oriole Cullen

 


Theatre and performance prize

'Astonishing'
Made by Rosh Keegan during her Ceramics Freeform and Colour class at Working Men's College

Inspired by
‘I have only been sculpting in clay for a year and my pieces took balletic forms but with solid Picasso style bodies. Naturally the Diaghilev exhibition brought all this together. The Mandalay bird box reminds me of my childhood – granny had a silver peacock betel box - so it seemed only natural to give my firebird a bird’s head, with golden beak and chunky arms and legs.’

Judges Comments

‘Rosh's works has a real sense of arrested movement to it which closely echoes its inspiration (Le Train Bleau) and succeeds in being original. The colours too owe something to the vibrant colours of the Diaghilev exhibition and it also has a great sense of playfulness and humour. One of Diaghilev's favourite sayings to his artists was: 'Astonish me!' and Rosh's piece is, therefore, very aptly titled.’

Astonishing, made by Rosh Keegan during her Ceramics Freeform and Colour class at Working Men's College

Astonishing, made by Rosh Keegan during her Ceramics Freeform and Colour class at Working Men's College

Front Cloth for the Ballet ‘Le Train Bleu’, designed by Pablo Picasso, executed by the scene painter Prince Schervachidze, 1924. Museum no. S.316-1978

Front Cloth for the Ballet ‘Le Train Bleu’ Designed by Pablo Picasso Executed by the scene painter Prince Schervachidze 1924 Museum no. S.316-1978

Rosh Keegan receiving her Theatre and Performance Prize from Theatre Collections Education Manager, Adrian Deakes

Rosh Keegan receiving her Theatre and Performance Prize from Theatre Collections Education Manager, Adrian Deakes

 


Museum of Childhood prize

Circle of Life
Made by Susan Early during her Creative Basketry VA 190 class at City Lit

Inspired by
‘I was inspired by the simplicity and comfortable,  reassuring familiarity of the spinning top and  gyrograph. One understands what you should do with it, how it works,  what it is made of. But one is never quite sure where it will end.’

Judges Comments

‘The shape and design of this entry was inspired by the movement of children's spinning tops.  I found the inspiration for the artwork surprising and fresh.  The artist's sketches captured the process of the design inspiration very clearly and made the connection between the object (tops) and the method (basketry/weaving) immediately apparent. The end product really captures the erratic, wobbly effect of the spinning top which makes the piece exciting to look at.'

iCircle of Life, made by Susan Early during her Creative Basketry VA 190 class at City Lit

iCircle of Life, made by Susan Early during her Creative Basketry VA 190 class at City Lit

Gyrograph, 1895. Museum no. Misc.47-1971

Gyrograph, 1895. Museum no. Misc.47-1971

Susan Early receiving her Museum of Childhood prize from curator, Sarah Louise Wood

Susan Early receiving her Museum of Childhood prize from curator, Sarah Louise Wood

 


Word and image prize

'Autoperipatetikos: The Automatic Walking One'
Made by Martha Orbach during her Foundation Studies in Art & Design at Camberwell College of Arts

Inspired by
‘Autoperipatetikos became the central character in my animation about a girl who has nightmares. I was drawing in the museum at quite an early stage of my project when I first saw her and knew instantly that she represented an important part of what I was trying to express.’

Judges Comments
‘I have chosen Martha Orbach’s animation Autoperipatetikos: the automatic walking one as my winner because it embodies a brilliant imaginative leap from the inspirational object (a 19thcentury clockwork doll) into a haunting narrative in which the doll becomes a child. The deceptively child-like drawings are perfect for conveying a child’s-eye view of the world of the story, and the use of photographic negatives is a simple but powerfully effective means of conjuring a night-time nightmarish atmosphere. The piece is accomplished, original and beguiling.'

 

'Autoperipatetikos: The Automatic Walking One', made by Martha Orbach during her Foundation Studies in Art & Design at Camberwell College of Arts

'Autoperipatetikos: The Automatic Walking One', made by Martha Orbach during her Foundation Studies in Art & Design at Camberwell College of Arts

Walking Doll – Autoperipatetikos: The Automatic Walking One, by Martin & Runyon, 1862. Museum no. Misc.33-1971

Walking Doll – Autoperipatetikos: The Automatic Walking One By Martin & Runyon 1862 Museum no. Misc.33-1971

Marta Orbach receiving the Word and Image award from curator, Gill Saunders

Marta Orbach receiving the Word and Image award from curator, Gill Saunders

 


Most encouraging tutor prize

Judges Comments

Julianna Sissons presents the Most Encouraging Tutor prize to Edwina Butterworth from City College Peterborough

Julianna Sissons presents the Most Encouraging Tutor prize to Edwina Butterworth from City College Peterborough

‘I feel privileged to be able to present this very important and worthy award of 'Most Encouraging Tutor' to Eddie Butterworth, who is a tutor at City College, Peterborough (in both painting and ceramics)
 
Eddie has an impressive record of encouraging students to enter this competition. Three of her students have been accepted into the display this year; including the winner of the access category.
(Daphne Golding, for her Chinese Zip Vase, based on a Chinese robe)
 
By encouraging participation in the arts, through a wide variety of design techniques, Eddie has helped her students to gain an understanding of how to engage with the museum artefacts in order to produce visually creative and exciting pieces of work; in doing so, she is also encouraging social inclusion and has helped people to develop confidence and self esteem.’

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