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Student gets top marks for trophy designs


A University of Wolverhampton student received top marks for designing bespoke awards at a prestigious business ceremony recently.

Emily Cooksey, 20 from Kingswinford, created bespoke, hand-rendered illustrations for each of the winners at the Institute of Directors (IoD) West Midlands Awards held at the Warwickshire County Cricket Ground.

The IoD West Midlands region covers the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire, as well as the urban areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and the Black Country and is made up of over 1,800 directors and senior decision makers.

The University of Wolverhampton sponsored the Large Company Director of the Year Award 2017 which was won by Ian Graves of National Grid.   

Emily, studying for an Illustration degree at the Wolverhampton School of Art, personally designed each award based around the achievements and successes of the winners’ individual business.

Sue Hurrell, Regional Events Manager at the Institute of Directors West Midlands, said:  “We were delighted to commission Emily to design the trophies for the Director of the Year Awards.  Each category winner was presented with a stunning, bespoke print which they would be proud to display and treasure.”

Emily, who has a lifelong enthusiasm for drawing and creating, said:  “I was personally asked by my tutors to design each of the awards for the ceremony. It was an enjoyable task for me as even though it was my first commission, I found it an interesting and stimulating challenge.

“Researching into each of the companies was a big influence for my ideas as I wanted to encompass all of the attributes each winner had shown and personalise the designs with a balance between their company and personal interests. My work is mainly hand-drawn using traditional materials, and so for the trophies I decided to create nine vibrant and eye-catching pieces.”

Anyone interested in studying at the Wolverhampton School of Art should visit our next Open Day on Saturday 19th August 2017.

Emily is pictured second right with the winners of the awards.


For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: 7th July 2017

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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