This prestigious international prize has attracted students of embroidery, design, arts, surface textiles, costume, fibres, interiors, fashion and textiles throughout the world. The aim of this prize is to promote the use of hand embroidered surface embellishment within fashion, costume and soft furnishing. All in the hope that contemporary design and other fresh approaches will be inspired to embrace hand embroidery, to acknowledge and value its quality and expertise.
The 2014 prize is open to both students and anyone who has the passion and flair for embroidery. In order to qualify for the student entry, you must be in full or part time education in any country on or after the 31st of March 2014. Post-graduate students are also eligible.
Student category: there is a subsidised £24.00 (GBP) fee to enter.
Open category: there is a £34.00 (GBP) fee to enter.
The Closing date for entrant registration is the 31st March 2014. You will need to use the first link to register and the second link to pay your entrance fee.
*Please Note - Entry forms with the appropriate fee must be submitted by 31st March 2014. Entrance forms submitted after this entry will not be counted but may still be charged. Both open and student categories can pay online, other methods of payment may be found here. We will also accept a university/college multiple entry for the student category. No physical work should be sent at this stage.
All entrants need to produce one full look in physical form with supporting work. Supporting work should include 3x A3 mood boards on Black Card. These will be displayed with your full look if you are shortlisted for the final.
We will require submission of:
2x Photos of the Full look
3x Photos of the supporting A3 boards
The deadline for submission of photographic images of your work is: 30th June 2014.
Do not, at this stage, send any physical embroidery to our studios.
*Please Note - Photographic submissions will then be considered by the judging panel and 12 finalists will be informed by email. The 12 finalist will go through to the second stage.
Chosen finalists are introduced their mentors. Mentors are major fashion, textile, or interior designers and are selected depending on the finalists’ chosen style of embroidery.
We will require physical submission of all finalists’ full look along with the supporting A3 mood boards.
The deadline for submission of the physical full look and A3 mood boards is : 6th October 2014
*Please Note - You will be required to submit your actual full look and all its support material at this stage. All work must securely carry your name, contact telephone, email and college details (if applicable)
Each entry is limited to the size that can be mailed by the Post Office by Recorded or Special Delivery. You can also send your entries via courier. There should be no breakable materials e.g. glass
Overseas entries please note – when sending parcels please ensure that you state that the contents have ‘NO COMMERCIAL VALUE’ adding a nominal value of $2.00 (USD) in any customs declarations, Hand & lock will not be responsible for any duty
You must specify how you’d like your work to be returned (either by courier or by collection). All entrants will be required to meet these costs
All entrants must:
• Pay the entry fee, which is non-refundable under any circumstances
• Be registered by the stated deadlines to be eligible for judging
All entrants must submit work that:
• Responds to all elements of the prize brief
• Is embroidery, i.e. created with a needle and thread
• Is the work of the entrant and does not infringe any copyright
• Has the entrant’s name, telephone number and college name (if applicable) securely fastened on the back of each piece of work
31st March 2014 – Register and pay prize entry fee
30th June 2014 – Photographs must be submitted
28th July 2014 - Finalists confirmed and notified by email
6th October 2014 – Finalists final full look must be submitted along with supporting materials
TBC November 2014 – The Hand & Lock Prize Giving (Venue TBC)