This prestigious international prize has attracted students of embroidery, design, arts, surface textiles, costume, fibres, interiors, fashion and textiles throughout the world.The 2013 Prize will have some exciting new developments, the open section is being re-introduced and the ‘Patey Hats – Design Prize’ is added.
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.
This year’s 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 2013. Post-graduate students are also eligible. There is a subsidised £24.00 (GBP) fee to enter. All other applicants are eligible for the open category of which there is a £34.00 (GBP) fee to enter.
The prize brief encourages a diverse range of work.It seeks original and creative ideas, innovative design and use of materials.
8 Points of the Brief
Entrants are required to:
1. Base all work entered on the following brief, entitled ‘THE PAST IS THE FUTURE’.
2. Present embroidered samples of hand embroidery for clothing, accessories, costume or soft furnishing.
3. Use HAND EMBROIDERY including Cornely or Irish work if appropriate. Machine embroidery can be used (it will not however be judged), but must be hand embellished.
4.Demonstrate how the embroidery can be applied / used, by providing one or more of the following – finished items / garments / mock-ups /illustrations / computer graphics.
5. Provide supporting research and sketch/idea books/sheets, with notes that explain the thinking and ideas behind the concept.
6. Show the design development from initial concept through to realised design.
7. Ensure that the finished product is both practical and commercially viable.
8. Provide at least 1 finished piece.
1. The Complete Encyclopaedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont: ASIN: B000OHBM0G
2. Art of the Embroiderer by Charles Germain De Saint-Aubin: ISBN-10: 0875871100
Please note that only entry forms with the appropriate fee should be submitted by 31st. March 2013. 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.
The deadline for submission of photographic images of your work is: Saturday 30th June 2013
The finalists will be chosen and introduced to major fashion, textile, or interior designers depending on their chosen style of embroidery.
You will be notified by email if selected for second stage by the mid July 2013. It is therefore your responsibility to monitor your emails.