I have been heads down and working to ensure the next generation of creative designers are equipped in today's ever changing environment and I thank North Metropolitan TAFE for giving me to opportunity to lecture the new movers and makers in NMT Jewellery and Object Design!
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Jewellery Design lecturer Alister Yiap has won The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Young Achiever Award at a gala dinner at the Pan Pacific Hotel on 12 May.
The Western Australian Young Achiever Awards recognise, encourage and promote young individuals under 30 years of age who have made an outstanding contribution and have positively impacted the lives of others and their community. More specifically, the Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award applaud the spirit of creativity, energy and drive of artistic young people leading the way and striving for excellence in the Fashion and Design Industries.
“This is such a huge honour – especially considering the calibre of the other finalists”, said Alister. “One of the finalist’s work focuses on improving accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in arts programs; the other had won multiple international awards for culturally responsive design in architecture.”
Nominated by a friend and selected by a judging panel of representatives from award sponsors, community leaders and independent expert judges, Alister was awarded for his impressive work history and portfolio. In addition to lecturing, he designs jewellery pieces for Runway, Commercial and Gallery and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He has won many awards, including second place in the 2016 Australian Pearl Jewellery Design Awards, regularly acts as judge in art and fashion events and volunteers to review students’ portfolios.
Most recently, Alister has also designed the Keys to the City of Perth, The Lexus Cow for the City of Perth Cow Parade and a number of artworks for the Crystal Club lounge at Crown Towers.
“I love to get involved in these projects not only because it gives me an opportunity to practice and develop as an artist, but also because it keeps me current in the industry, which, in turn, helps me teach”, Alister said. “By showing students concrete applications and opportunities available in the industry, I hope to inspire them and encourage them to apply themselves and participate in community projects.”
Alister seems to be on the right track, as one of his students, Devan Job, has successfully won the City of Perth Emerging Artists – Grand Lane Light Locker Art Space 2017, and will have the opportunity to showcase her designs in the public realm.
Alister started lecturing at North Metropolitan TAFE in 2009, two years after completing his Bachelor of Arts (Jewellery Design) at Curtin University. He is currently the Course Coordinator of North Metropolitan TAFE’s Associate Degree of Design (Jewellery and Object Design).
“I’ve always been interested in the Arts”, said Alister. “Pushing the boundaries and understanding material properties and how best to utilise them keeps me on my toes, and there is so much to learn.”
North Metropolitan TAFE Art & Design Director Cheryl Bridge also congratulated Alister for his award win.
“We are so proud of Alister’s achievement, he’s in an incredible asset to our lecturing team”, Ms Bridge said. “We credit the success of our Art & Design courses to the calibre of our lecturing staff. This award is a validation of Alister’s skills as a jewellery designer and a lecturer, as well as his involvement with the community.”