The UK distributors of Spirograph, Flair Plc, has revealed the results of its Spirograph Young Designer of the Year Awards at a private event in London on May 29th.
The event was marked by the appearance of the first British Astronaut, Helen Sharman CMG OBE who, alongside Flair’s own Nicola Bergot, presented the awards to the competition’s young winners and runners up.
The search for the UK’s Spirograph Young Designer of the Year began back in January and involved children being asked to create a night sky or space picture inspired by the shapes and patterns created with Spirograph. Pictures were then judged by a panel, including team members from Flair as well as Sharman for her obvious affinity with this year’s theme.
The awards were announced and presented by Helen at the Covent Garden Hotel to the following winners:
- Peter Bridgeland aged 11 from Sheffield was announced as winner of the 8s and Over category with his creation – Binary Star.
- Isla Avigad, age six, from Chorleywood was the winner of the 7s and Under category with her colourful picture called Meet the Aliens.
- Also present were the runners up Phoebe Hampton from Folkestone with her stunning creation of the Solar System called Out of this World and Sisters Rosa and Anna Gomes (ages seven and five) with their joint work of cut-and-stick artwork called The Planets.
“I loved Spirograph when I was young and with this year’s theme I was delighted to be involved. We had lots of entries and it’s really good to see how the children interpreted the space and night sky theme,” said Sharman. “Well done to all the winners and runners up.”
Nicola Bergot further commented: “I first met Helen during a BTHA event where, as guest speaker, she told of how Spirograph was one of her favourite toys. It was only natural therefore to invite her to be part of this inaugural Spirograph Young Designer competition.
“Her help in both judging and presenting the awards was invaluable and I know that the children and their parents were absolutely thrilled to meet her. After the formalities, we were all treated to afternoon tea and the children had time to chat about her amazing time in space. They even presented her with a cake to celebrate her birthday which was the following day.
“It was a lovely day and we’d like to thank everyone for entering the competition and to Helen for making it so special.”