— Head Designer, Kowtow
Marilou Dadat was raised on the outskirts of Limoges, France. Growing up in the countryside left her with little choice but to get creative. It was this environment that saw her awarded an admission to the prestigious Ecole des Arts Decos.
At 18 years of age, Marilou was one of the youngest students to enter ENSAD art school in Paris. There, Marilou undertook a graphic design degree before moving to fashion and graduating as top honour student.
While studying, Marilou interned at Carine Roitfeld era’s Vogue Paris, and every season she worked for Haute Couture fashion backstage which gave a hands-on peek at the Parisian craft and some adrenaline from shows including Chanel, Gaultier, Miu Miu. Straight after graduation, Dice Kayek took her as an assistant to develop ready-to-wear and couture collections. She developed her love for the craft of construction and learnt the importance of quality materials, and eventually became freelance to work for several brands, including Bonpoint.
After 10 years in Paris, and meeting a kiwi, she made a move to New Zealand. Marilou has been calling New Zealand home for more than 3 years.
Marilou joined Kowtow as their Head Designer in February 2018 and is leading the label's development into new products, starting with her debut collection of sustainable swimwear and shortly followed with ethical wool coats.
— Director of The Dowse Art Museum
Welcome to Karl Chitham who joined The Dowse in 2019. Karl has a Master’s Degree in Sculpture from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and has been involved in the arts in New Zealand in a variety of roles for over 15 years. He has been involved in a number of awards most recently as a judge in the Occam New Zealand Book Awards. He was also the judge of the 2018 Wanganui Review, a selector of the Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke and judge of the National Youth Art Awards. He has been a lecturer at tertiary level and prior to that was a secondary school teacher for 6 years.
Recent writing projects have included catalogue essay Tears of Tawhirimatea for Toi Mauri: Contemporary Carving by Todd Couper and Making a Stand for a (very) brief history of Aotearoa, Kereama Taepa’s four plinths project in Wellington. Other recent curatorial projects have included ART LOVES YOU – an interactive art experience for all the senses, White Rainbow curated for RAMP Gallery Hamilton and Children of Mallarme: Fashion, Art & Collaboration co-curated with Dr Peter Shand.
— Lighting Design Consultant, ECC
Anita Dykes graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Design and followed up her passion for lighting and products with a Post Graduate Certificate in Illumination Engineering. She also worked in the stage and event production industry and uses those skills for her current job, as a Lighting Design consultant for ECC, where she liaises with architects, designers and engineers to illuminate spaces.
“The ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Awards are an avenue for students to present their designs to a wider audience outside the academic environment, and lets the design community see the student talent that is emerging. Also, students can see what other students in similar fields are developing. The judging provides positive reinforcement that their works are original, well-crafted and have a certain flair that will differentiate them in the market.” Anita Dykes
— Editor, URBIS
Frederico is the editor of Urbis and Interior magazines. He is a writer and journalist, and his work has appeared in a range of local and international media including The New Zealand Herald, Monocle (UK), Urbis, Flying Nun, ARTnews (NY) and Interior.
“Awards like these are paramount in giving not just recognition but also validation to promising students at the very beginning of their careers. In creative sectors, these type of "second opinions" can make or break ideas and reassure young designers and makers that their machinations are indeed worth pursuing!” Frederico Monsalve
— The Village Goldsmith, Wellington
Ian Douglas is the owner of The Village Goldsmith, established in 1981. From a sole craftsman then, the company now employs 22 staff. It creates custom items for clients in NZ and around the world and has won multiple national and international jewellery design awards, including Best in World for men’s jewellery in 2010 and 2011.
“The Village Goldsmith is proud to sponsor the ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Awards.. They foster creativity and innovation, and provide a valuable platform for students to showcase their talents in a manner that challenges their normal boundaries. The growth and protection of creativity and intellectual property is crucial to the future growth of our country, and the awards are an important tool in furthering that outlook. I was inspired being around other creative individuals whose passion for their own craft shone through, and also how their appreciation for design and craft covered all the medium.” Ian Douglas