How to Enter the 2016 Prize - HAND & LOCK

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Entering the Prize is Easy. You start by registering and paying the entry fee. After the 31st of March  you can submit your work. The First stage doesn’t require any physical work – just photographs of your work in progress and supporting work. All these can easily be uploaded through the Hand & Lock website. Be sure to read the 2016 Brief

In 2016 you can enter a Piece in the Fashion Category or the Textiles category. Before you register consider which category suits your embroidery style best

Fashion: Fashion entrants should design a fashion garment that takes inspiration from the Prize brief. Your submission should be constructed to fit a typical model (UK size 6 to 8) and showcase your design skill as well as your ability to embroider by hand. Judges will look at your concept, execution, construction, embroidery skill and overall presentation.

Textiles: Textile entrants should examine the brief and produce an object that showcases their embroidery skills. the object could be a piece of jewellery, an artistic sculpture, an embroidered tapestries, a piece for home interior design etc. Judges will look at originality, embroidery technique, execution, construction and overall presentation.

Within each of these categories you will be able to select a registration based on your student status. If you are a student your registration fee will subsidised. For more information about whether you qualify see the FAQs.


From the 1st October 2015 to 31st March 2016. You will need to click on the link below to pay your entrance fee and to register. If you have any problems registering or paying your fee please email or call 0207 580 7488

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*Please Note – Entry forms with the appropriate fee must be submitted by Midnight 31st March 2016. Entrance forms submitted after this entry may not be entered but may still be charged.  Both open and student categories can pay online.


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Submitting your work – From 31st March 2016 to 30th June 2016

Once registered, entrants need to submit images of one full piece with supporting work. Supporting work should include A3 mood boards on Black Card. These will be offered to the judging panel with your full look if you are shortlisted for the final. All first stage images can be uploaded using the ‘upload work’ page We will require submission of:

3x Photos of the Full Look

(This does not have be completed but should demonstrate your ideas and should convey to the judges what you wish to achieve. It should include physical completed embroidery. Images must be high resolution and free from digital effects, filters, distortions, splitting or montages)

2x  Photos of the supporting A3 boards

(These can include sketches, samples, illustrations, research, photographs, text, materials and close ups of the full look. Please see example on the right)

Please Note: you cannot submit/upload images until the 31st March

*If you are unsure whether you qualify for the Student category or the Open category please see our FAQs section*