Jun 29, 2010 12:00AM

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Who says the Brits and Aussies can't play nice? Sydney native Jordan Askill was recently awarded a highly coveted place amongst Britain's brightest in the British NEWGEN Sponsorship program, and we thought we'd catch up with him to find out more about him and his work.

You can see more from Askill in Issue 87 of Oyster, where we take a look at his stunning collection of helmets created for Sydney Dance Company's ARE WE THAT WE ARE.

What things inspire you?

My friends and the people around me. Trying to understand the past and thinking about tomorrow.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Strongly inspired by jewellers and crafts people of the past. Uses motifs and found objects to create new characters.

Have you worked on any projects with your brother (filmmaker) Daniel Askill recently?

The last thing we worked on together was a TVC for Italy, The Natural History Channel. We did a little film for Another Magazine website inspired by ARE WE THAT WE ARE. Hope we can work on a film with Lorin soon.

Tell me about working on ARE WE THAT WE ARE?

It was something I am so pleased I did. The head pieces I created were challenging for me which I enjoyed and loved seeing it on the stage in Venice. Working with my good friend Adam Linder was amazing.

What inspired the pieces?

These pieces were inspired by the way Adam works and his aesthetic. Shapes, statues from early in time that could represent desirable kids today. Also the idea of tribal adornments.

How did you feel when you were awarded one of the NEWGEN sponsorship awards?

The BFC NEWGEN award sponsored by TOPSHOP was great. It gave me a feeling of structure and working towards something, which is what i needed help with when it came to keeping on developing my own brand.

How have your plans changed now that you've won the award?

Now I am just concentrating on my own sculpture and jewellery and not being side tracked by other fun projects. This discipline is new to me but something I've wanted.

Tell me about some of the other recipients whose works you really admire at the moment?

I've always liked clothing designers in the past. Alexander Mcqueen, Richard Nicol, Meadham Kirchhoff and Christopher Kain. Now it is Craig Lawrence, Louise Gray and Peter Pilotto which is quite exciting. See Oyster's interview with Craig Larence here.

What's next for you?

I am just going to keep developing my sculpture and jewellery line so I can get to a point where i feel settled in my self.