Fine Art / Photography / Craft Winners 2023

Discover the Industry Judges & Public Vote Winners

From Soil You Came, As Soil You Shall Return - Emma Samuelsson (2023) by Emma SamuelssonGlobal Design Graduate Show

Contemporary Craft winner Emma Samuelsson

Emma is a Ceramics BFA graduate from HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design and is based in Skövde.

Emma's series From Soil You Came, As Soil You Shall Return engages people through art to raise questions about how we value our nature and highlighting its transience and decay.

See Emma Samuelsson's work on Arts Thread

Digital Arts - Joint Winner Emma X Zhang

Emma is a Fine Art MFA graduate from RMIT University and is based in Melbourne.  

Emma's project Enter The Underground looks at how natural phenomena can be manipulated through fragmented images; organising and duplicating online archives of microcosms and organisms.

See Emma X Zhang's work on Arts Thread

pochva - Filipp Groubnov (2023) by Filipp GroubnovGlobal Design Graduate Show

Digital Arts - Joint Winner Filipp Groubnov

Filipp is a Digital Arts MA graduate from Royal Academy of Art The Hague KABK and is based in Den Haag.  


Filipp's work Pochva reconstructs in digital form the artist's memory of his grandparent' Belarusian village; the pochva soil alive with billions of living organisms.

See Filipp Groubnov's work on Arts Thread

Destrucción by Maris Van Vlack (2023-05-05) by Maris Van VlackGlobal Design Graduate Show

Fine Art Winner Maris Van Vlack

Maris is a Textiles BFA graduate from Rhode Island School of Design and is based in Boston. 


Maris' series Destrucción uses imagery of architectural ruins to create woven tapestries of an imagined surreal landscape, which represents a family story of loss and destruction. 

See Maris Van Vlack's work on Arts Thread

machine in room (2022-12-01) by Francis SnymanGlobal Design Graduate Show

Installation/Sculpture winner Francis Snyman

Francis is a Fine Art BAFA graduate from Michaelis School of Fine Art and is based in Cape Town.

Francis' installation Ongeluksfontein is inspired by a plague of locusts that devastated her family's farm in South Africa's Karoo region - Ongeluksfontein, the misfortune fountain.

See Francis Snyman's work on Arts Thread

Topology of a Body - Charitini Gkritzali (2023) by Charitini GkritzaliGlobal Design Graduate Show

Jewellery winner Charitini Gkritzali

Charitini is a Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship MAS graduate from ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne and is based in Athens.


Charitini's Topology of the Body is a series of body jewellery pieces that closely conform to human anatomy in stainless steel or copper wire.

See Charitini Gkritzali's work on Arts Thread

To Sting Like A Bee - Jesse Clark (2023) by Jesse ClarkGlobal Design Graduate Show

Photography Winner Jesse Clark

Jesse is a Photography and Imaging BFA graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design and based in Sarasota.


Jesse's series To Sting Like A Bee is a photobook and exhibition that explores themes of black beauty, black identity and overcoming social injustices. 

See Jesse Clark's work on Arts Thread

Silk Road - Ayshin Jalil Zadeh (2023) by Ayshin Jalil ZadehGlobal Design Graduate Show

Fine Art/Photo/Craft Public Vote Winner Ayshin Jalil Zadeh

Ayshin is a Jewellery and Objects BA Hons graduate from Birmingham City University and is based in Birmingham.


Ayshin's series Silk Road is crafted from a blend of metal and handwoven silk Persian carpets, contrasting deconstructivist architecture with rich Persian culture. 

See Ayshin Jalil Zadeh's work on Arts Thread

Credits: Story

Emma X Zhang: Sound Composition Dylan Marelic / Filipp Groubnov: Soil Sensor Design Annemerel Mol & David Strik, Wageningen University, Unity Design & Sensor Connection Ilya Doreanu / Emma Samuelsson: Photography David Eng.

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