If you read our blog about the Folkestone Book Festival Visitor Experience, you'll know how much we enjoyed this project with arts charity Creative Foundation, so we were really pleased to be finalists in two categories for the Kent Creative Awards for this work.
We designed a papercut box to present our work to the judges, who included Turner Contemporary director Victoria Pomery and celebrity photographer Brian Aris, in the hope that we would stand out from the other 142 entrants. We included samples from our bespoke papercut installation which represented the creative process of writing, as well as our moodboard, photography of the event and a set of screen printed typographic posters featuring quotes from the Book Festival authors.
Before the event
We had the opportunity to display artwork on the tables during the ceremony, so we created a bespoke papercut flower display with Suzanne at Paper Tree Design, who created the papercut installations for the book festival as well the presentation box. Suzanne developed three new flower designs in our brands colours using GF Smith Colourplan paper. Our logo was cut from the leaves using dots of only 1 millimetre diameter! They were displayed in a glass vase filled with rock salt (of course!) and were really popular as little mementos of the evening.
The awards night at the Alexander Centre in Faversham was great fun – close up magician Chris Harding did amazing things with a kiwi, and we met a lot of talented people. We shared a table with category sponsor Sian Murphy from Stormchasers Digital, Deborah Turner from YOU Image Consultancy (one of the judges) and fellow nominees Sue Blakesley and Sadie Hurley from Jim Jam Arts. We were pleased to see our clients the Creative Foundation and the Quarterhouse theatre were also shortlisted in the 'Community / Arts Organisation of the Year' and 'Cultural Venue of the Year' categories.
Although we lost out to worthy winners artist Kate Linforth in the 3D category and Dr Susanna Paisley, Newton Paisley in the design category, we were very proud to receive a 'Special Mention – in recognition of valuable contribution to the arts and culture of Kent'. Special Mentions also went to artists Jo Dyer, Joan MacKarell and Christopher Sacre.
Our thank you's
So we'd like to thank Nathalie Banaigs, the founder and director of Kent Creative Arts CIC for organising such a great event and for her encouragement and support. Nathalie was a winner in the Kent Women in Business Awards 2016 – Women in the Arts category. She is a real inspiration and the enthusiasm for her many projects is infectious. We loved her Eiffel Tower hat at the awards, we now understand what she meant by dress creatively! We agree with Nathalie that "a good use of culture is at the heart of successful economies" and look forward to working on more campaigns, events and promotions to help raise the profile of Kent and improve the local economy through creativity.