From kabuki-inspired textiles to a menstruation co-op, the diverse winners of this year’s MullenLowe NOVA Awards have been announced.

Paying tribute to all the shortlisted graduating students, Jose Miguel Sokoloff, President of MullenLowe Group Global Creative Council and Chief Creative Officer, MullenLowe Group UK, said:

You nurture our ideas, you show us the future. That is why coming to the degree show is so important for an organisation like ours.”

The main prize was awarded to Hana Fujimoto, BA Textiles, for her series of garments inspired by both the Fluxus movement and Japanese kabuki theatre.

The shortlist is so amazing, I’m honoured. Everyone is so diverse and so good in their own field that it’s hard to pinpoint who stands out.”

Talking about her future plans, Fujimoto said, “I’m working on a collaborative project with some music artists who want to use my work for a dance piece. I want to to push my work into different fields. My work is very emotional, but I like to see how other people can connect to it and interpret it. I want to be as broad as possible, I want to challenge myself.”

The two runners up were Hannah Scott (MA Art and Science) and Jiani Zhao and Emanuele Romano’s collaboration on MA Character Animation. BA Product Design celebrated with two winners: Sasha Bruml took home the YourNOVA Award voted for by the public while Kaye Toland won the Unilever Sustain-ability Award. Announcing Toland’s win at the awards ceremony, Dan Izbicki, Global Director of Creative Excellence at Unilever, said, “Good business and sustainability practice has to go hand-in-hand. We’re all on a journey and that’s why you guys are so important.”

Congratulations to not only the winners but all the shortlisted artists!

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