Image of embroidery by Jan Knibb 2010 Professional Finalist sourced from:
Image of embroidery by Chris Vagistrom 2010 Student Finalist sourced from: http://www.handembroidery.com/showcase/index.php?album=hand-lock-prize-for-embroidery%2F2010-finalists%2Fchris-vagistrom&image=Chris-Vagistrom-356-Student-2.jpg
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 Brief The 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 ‘Bunty Old Drawers’ 2. Present embroidered samples of hand embroidery for clothing, accessories, costume or soft furnishing 3. Use HAND EMBROIDERY. Machine embroidery can be used, 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
Suggested Reading 1. The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont: ASIN: B000OHBM0G 2. Art of the Embroiderer by Charles Germain De Saint-Aubin: ISBN-10: 0875871100 3. Book of Finalists (Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2009). Available from http://www.handembroideryshop.co.uk/acatalog/book.html
Who Can Enter
- Student category open to any student who is in full or part time education on or before the 31st of March 2011, from any country in the world. Please note that research students are not eligible to enter. There is a £23.00 (GBP) fee to enter.
- Open category open to all entrants of all ages from all backgrounds and all countries, anyone with an interest in embroidery including research students. There is a £33.00 (GBP) fee to enter.
How to Enter
Online: Click here to register online. All online entrants must pay via debit cards, credit cards or paypal. Please ensure funds are available before registering. OR Offline: Complete the entry form in full and return along with the entry fee to:
The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2011 86 Margaret Street London W1W 8TE UK
Offline payments can be made via postal orders or cheques drawn on a UK bank, payable to Hand & Lock, and must include cheque guarantee numbers on the reverse. OR
Over the Phone: Debit/Credit Card entries by telephone to +44(0)20 7580 7488 . You will be given a reference number which you should quote with all correspondence.
Registration Deadline Thursday, March 31st 2011 Do not send any work at this point.
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 8 points 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