New Blades 2019 exhibition

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Each year, the reputable New Blades model making show at Holborn Studios, London run by 4d Modelshop brings talented graduate model makers from around the country to showcase their work.

The event draws in Industry experts from a range of creative disciplines including: Architecture, product design, TV & film props, animation, model effects, animatronics, miniatures, special effects, theatre, sculpture and prosthetics.

The Universities & Colleges represented by students this year are: The Arts University Bournemouth, University of Hertfordshire, University of Bolton, City of Glasgow College, Coleg y Cymoedd, Nottingham Trent University, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology and Wimbledon College of Arts

The show is organised by 4D Modelshop and is sponsored by a number of big names in the model making Industry: Foster + Partners, Amalgam and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to name a few.

Architecture was well represented this year. Here is a selection of some of the architectural models on display:


Maker: Oscar Brand-Holahan. Photography: Tom Taylor

Joshua King

Maker: Joshua King. Photography: Tom Taylor

Annabel Everson

Maker: Annabel Everson. Photography: Tom Taylor

Katie Smith1

Maker: Katie Smith. Photography: Tom Taylor

Lydia Rogers

Maker: Lydia Rogers. Photography: Tom Taylor

Martha Lucas

Maker: Martha Lucas. Photography: Tom Taylor

Paul Insley

Maker: Paul Insley. Photography: Tom Taylor

Finlay Whitfield

Maker: Finlay Whitfield. Photography: Tom Taylor

Ellen Kendall

Maker: Ellen Kendall. Photography: Tom Taylor

Katie Smith2

Maker: Katie Smith. Photography: Tom Taylor

Last year we had two students on work experience from The Arts University Bournemouth model making course. It was great catching up with Lauren Taylor-Heaton and Oscar Brando-Holahan again and to see their work.

Both exhibited fantastic displays and we couldn’t be more proud of both of them for the work they have achieved. The quality of work they both produced were of industry standard. Lauren currently has one of her models on display at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer exhibition in London.


Maker: Oscar Brando-Holahan. Photography: Tom Taylor


Maker: Lauren Taylor-Heaton. Photography: Tom Taylor

There were a lot of fantastic work this year. Here are a few picks of other models on display at New Blades:


Left to Right Makers: Rebecca Albrecht, Katie Reed, Louise Payne. Photography: Tom Taylor


Left to Right Makers: Sam Wendleken, Harriet Lansley, Jandira De Souza Clamp. Photography: Tom Taylor


Left to Right Makers: Jason Reed, Georgia Dale,Fen Lunberg. Photography: Tom Taylor

One of our favourite “non-architectural” models was this, by Nate Sanger-Davies who went on to win the ‘Most Ambitious’ award.


Maker: Nate Sanger-Davies. Photography: Tom Taylor

With some very impressive work on display, there are a number of awards given out to the best work, voted for by Industry experts. The list of awards and winners for this years show are below:

'Best of Show' sponsored by Fox Silver & 4D modelshop, awarded to Ollie Smither.

'Best of Show runner up' sponsored by Fox Silver & 4D modelshop, awarded to Fenn Lundberg

'Best Heritage model' Sponsored by Paragon Creative, awarded to Jessica Jordan

'Best Architectural Model' Sponsored by Foster + Partners, awarded to Finlay Whitfield

'Best Finish on a Model' Sponsored by Atom, awarded to Ollie Smither.

'Asylum Creative Prize' sponsored by Asylum Models & Effects, awarded to Jasper Cousins

'Most ambitious' Sponsored by Amalgam, awarded to Nate Sanger-Davies

'Best Use of Creative Materials' Sponsored by 4D modelshop, awarded to Sarah Akbar

'The Twins FX Wow Factor' Sponsored by The Twins FX, awarded to Patricia Bielby

'Best Lateral Thinking' Sponsored by Machineshop, awarded to Joda Callan

'Best use of new technology' Sponsored by Hobs 3d, awarded to Vanessa Pearson

'The Richard Gregory SFX award' Sponsored by Anderson entertainment, awarded to Vicky O’Connell

'The Gerry Anderson Film miniature award' Sponsored by Anderson entertainment, awarded to Albie Saunders

'Best Figurative concept' Sponsored by Merlin Magic Making, awarded to Rebecca Erratt

For more information about New Blades, please click here.

Date Published:

June 14, 2019



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Tom has a passion for creating high quality architectural models for architects, designers, developers, and consultants. From traditional hand crafted techniques to latest technological trends such as 3d printing.

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