Norwich woman wins international design award

The finalists for the award at the ceremony in Amsterdam. Picture Submitted

The finalists for the award at the ceremony in Amsterdam. Picture Submitted - Credit: Archant

A Norwich artist has won third prize in an international design competition.

Jessie Hall infront of her prize winnng piece. Picture: Submitted

Jessie Hall infront of her prize winnng piece. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Jessie Hall won the accolade in the Rijksstudio awards from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The competition, now in its third year, invites artists of any calibre to make submissions inspired by collections in the museum. This can be through using images already in the museum to create a new piece or modifying them.

The competition is open to the public with all forms of art work and interpretations allowed - from design, decorative arts and applied arts to fashion design, photography and video.

Miss Hall said: 'I had recently left my job and was looking for something new to focus on, I came across the competition online searching for graphic design competitions.'

The work by Karl Blossfeldt that inspired her piece. Picture: Submitted

The work by Karl Blossfeldt that inspired her piece. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The 25-year-old was inspired by self-taught photographer Karl Blossfeldt's Plant Studies of 1928. She saw the potential of the abstract forms to be made into hats.

Miss Hall, who is from west Norwich, said: 'While searching though I came across Karl Blossfeldt's beautiful photographs of plant seed heads. I was drawn in by how something natural can appear so abstract and alien.'

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The designer and self-taught knitter created three individual hats and took photographs of them. Featured in the pieces are Miss Hall's aunt, uncle, cousin and their dog.

More than 2,600 people entered the competition and the top 75 were invited to attend the awards ceremony in Amsterdam. This proved a further challenge as Miss Hall is currently travelling in Asia.

She said: 'The moments before they were announcing the winners I had so much adrenaline pumping through me, my heart was racing, so when they said my name I was a on a crazy high.'

Miss Hall received €1,500 for coming third. The awards were presented by a panel, including general director of the Rijksmuseum Taco Dibbits.

'The prize money will certainly help with my travels,' Miss Hall added. 'While I'm out here I am on the look out for new ideas and developing my photography skills.

'This is the first time I've done serious travelling and it's a real eye opener, it feels great to remove myself from my bubble and immerse myself in new cultures.'

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