Amberif Design Award 2011

Award  /  09 Mar 2011  -  12 Mar 2011
Published: 17.11.2010
Amberif Design Award 2011.
AMBERIF 2011 Fair in Gdańsk
Dr. Sławomir Fijałkowski
DEADLINE: 05/02/2011
Fabrizio Tridenti. Brooch: Untitled, 2010. Mixed media. Fabrizio Tridenti
Brooch: Untitled, 2010
Mixed media
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We are honoured to announce Amberif Design Award, international contest for Design of an Artistic Jewellery with Amber which aims to promote creative ideas in design and the specific properties of Baltic Amber. Competition is accompanying International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones AMBERIF 2011.
The aim of the International Amberif Design Award is the worldwide promotion of amber as a natural material with unique properties. We have held 14 Amberif Design Award international competitions so far and all of them were about jewellery. And yet, in its long tradition of being crafted, which dates back to Neolithic times, the Amber Routes which led to Ancient Rome and later during the baroque period when the most spectacular artefacts were made, all the way to structures which are truly architectural in scale, the Gold of the North was also used as a material to make objets d’art and personal accessories which were not jewellery. 

In recent years we have had an explosion of the manufacturing of amber products which are often rather average in terms of style and quality, which has lead to the cheapening of the image of amber itself. We would like to invite the contestants to indulge in critical reflection on the (often superficial) stereotypes which have been perpetuated this way and which we can see in jewellery shop display windows. We extend this invitation not only to amber jewellery makers, goldsmiths and jewellery designs, but also to those working in industrial design, who we hope will come up with innovative ways of using amber, so clearly associated with the Baltic and the Polish cultural heritage, to transcend the stereotype of “a souvenir from the seaside”. 

The topic of the contest is: STORY TELLING

When we take in the world around us, we don’t look out the window anymore.
We look through Windows OS. It would be cliché to say that the skill and need to converse and to have direct interpersonal contact is fading. Marketing specialists also average our individual aspirations out to the inclinations of a statistical “target” in every conceivable area of design and contemporary jewellery art has suffered in the process. An object with symbolic and sentimental implications has lost its private aspect of a personal amulet
and is increasingly becoming a seasonal, disposable product more akin to haberdashery than jewellery. In this context, the Charming Charms phenomenon serves as the clearest illustration of this superficial process, just as the fact that Lady Gaga has got twenty million fans on Facebook.

This, of course, does not mean that contemporary jewellery designers have nothing important to say anymore, but it certainly signifies the need to redefine the language of symbols we have been using. STORY TELLING, the topic of this year’s competition, is an invitation to enter into a dialogue, to present one’s own point of view, a subjective commentary, a personal (hi)story worth telling.

Amber: a material which is both a tangible and symbolic medium of information from millions of years ago can be an inspiring reason for the challenge.

Sławomir Fijałkowski
Curator of the contest


We are honoured to announce our contest which aims to promote creative ideas in products and designs with amber and the specific properties of Baltic amber.

1. The Goal and the Object of the Competition – the goal of the contest is to promote amber as a source of artistic expression. The aim of the competition is the design of an original, artistic jewellery with amber, inspired by the topic of the contest. Competitors are allowed to use all other materials provided that amber plays the essential role.

2. Participants – the competition is open to all designers, artists, creators and craftspeople. Designer and manufacturing teams are allowed. A member of a team may not participate individually. Works can be entered only under the contestant’s own name or the name of the designer and manufacturing team. However, the name of the designer must always be

3. Number of entries – each participant may submit no more than two entries. A single entry is understood as a single object or set of objects. Each entry should have its own separate code. Should more than two entries be submitted, the participant shall be disqualified. 

4. Presentation of entries – only presentations on (2-D) charts with the design produced in any graphic technique (including drawings, renderings, and visualisations) or a photograph of a ready object or model will be accepted. Each entry should be submitted in the form of a single 30 x 30 cm chart. If the designer considers it essential, he/she may present an additional chart of the same format. Additional charts will not be included in exhibition nor in the catalogue. Any explanatory text (provided that they are necessary to correctly interpret the artist’s intentions) are to be included on the chart must be in English. Each entry chart must be legibly marked with the six-digit entry code written in its bottom right-hand corner (the use of six identical digits is disallowed). Entry charts must not contain any information or distinguishing marks, which might allow the author of the design or its place of origin to be identified. Designs containing any such information shall be disqualified. A completed entry form must be attached to the design along with proof of payment of the participation fee.
The entry form must be placed in a sealed envelope on which the six-digit entry code is written in legible manner. Entries including any ready pieces sent instead or together with cards presenting the design shall not be accepted or collected from the post. 

5. Participation fee20 EUR ( tax included ) for contestants from abroad. This fee entitles each participant to receive one copy of the AMBERIF 2011 catalogue and an invitation to the AMBERIF 2011 Fair in Gdańsk, to be held between 9 and 12 March 2011.

Please transfer the participation fee into the following bank account:
Międzynarodowe Targi Gdańskie S.A.
PEKAO S.A. IV/O Gdańsk
Account No. 66124012711978000014920862
SWIFT code PKO PPLPW, IBAN 66 with note: Amberif Design Award 2011 

6. Return of designsDesigns shall remain in the possession of the Organiser until the end of June 2011 and might be presented in galleries in the Tri-City area. After this time the designs shall be sent back by registered mail. 

7. Deadline for entry – designs must be submitted at the designer’s own cost so that the entries reach the Head Office of the Organiser by 5 February 2011. 

8. The Jury and the Curator - the following persons have been invited to sit in the Jury:

Agnieszka Jacobson Cielecka – journalist, exhibition curator – Warsaw, Poland
Mariusz Gliwiński – jewellery designer, Sopot, Poland
Beate Klockman - jewellery designer, Amsterdam, Holland
Prof. Daniel Kruger – University of Art and Design, Halle, Niemcy
Zbigniew Kraska – art. Critic, exhibiton curator – Legnica, Poland
Fabrizio Tridenti – jewellery designer – Florence, Italy

The Curator of the competition is Dr. Sławomir Fijałkowski. The Curator does not participate in the Jury session. The session of the Jury will take place on 12 February 2011 in Gdańsk.
The Jurors shall know neither the names nor the nationalities of the participants prior to reaching the verdict. 

9. Competition criteria – the Jury shall award prizes, honourable mentions and shall choose works for presentation in the catalogue and at the exhibition, guided by artistic criteria. Designs must be original and must not have been publicly exhibited prior to the competition. They must constitute the author's own work as understood under copyright law. The designer must confirm this in the entry form.

The Jury shall consider the following when reaching its verdict:
- conceptual and creative interpretation of the topic
- the functional, imaging and stylistic values
- innovative and creative use of amber
The possibility of the reproduction or direct use of the entry in applied design shall not be a criterion for assessment.
The verdict of the Jury is final and not open to any legal recourse. 

10. Prizes – the following prizes will be awarded:

- The Mayor of the City of Gdańsk Prize: 10 000 PLN exchange rate approx. 4,2 PLN / 1EUR
- The Amber Prize of the International Amber Association : 2 kg of amber
- The Silver Prize: 2 kg of silver 

11. The Exhibition – the winning designs and other entries qualified by the Jury shall be exhibited during AMBERIF 2011, the 18th International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones between 9 and 12 March 2011 in Gdańsk, Poland. 

12. The Catalogue – the winning designs, the entries qualified by the Jury and the list of competition participants shall be published in the Exhibitors’ Catalogue of the AMBERIF 2011 Fair. 

13. Award Ceremony – will take place during the AMBERIF 2010 Fair on 10 March 2011. 

14. Documentation of the Competition – the Organiser reserves the right to publish works entered for the competition. Therefore, it is recommended to supply a digital photo of the designed object (tiff. or jpg. file 300 dpi). The data carrier will not be returned. Entries to the competition might be also scanned by the Organiser for publication. 

15. Amber – for the raw material we recommend contacting the following companies:
Golden Amber tel. +48 502 240 893
Wikwol tel +48 58 712 60 03


Gdańsk International Fair Co.
5 Beniowskiego Street, 80-382 Gdańsk, Poland

Competition Office -
Dr. Sławomir Fijałkowski, Curator of the Competition -
Ewa Rachoń, Amberif Project Director -
Joanna Bielak. Bracelet: Untitled, 2010. Amber.. The Amber Prize 2010.. Joanna Bielak
Bracelet: Untitled, 2010
The Amber Prize 2010.
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Alina Filimoniuk. Piece: Untitled, 2010. Mixed media. Selected work for publication in the AMBERIF 2010 Fair Catalogue and for display at the exhibition.. Alina Filimoniuk
Piece: Untitled, 2010
Mixed media
Selected work for publication in the AMBERIF 2010 Fair Catalogue and for display at the exhibition.
© By the author. Read Copyright.