The Hand & Lock 2015 Prize for Embroidery is now into its exciting second phase with twelve talented entrants being selected from hundreds of submissions.
Entrants from Japan, Australia, Russia and the UK have all made the final 12 after submitting images of their work for the judging panel. The 2015 brief, written by Polly Kenny of London College of Fashion, focused on national design identities and encouraged designers to celebrate indigenous embroidery techniques and anticipate future trends.
In July, as part of the Hand & Lock mentoring programme, finalists were introduced to expert industry mentors tasked with helping them develop their entries into winning designs. The 2015 mentors include Alice Kettle, Alice Richardson, Alice Walsh, Aimee Betts, Ed Marler, Jane Bowler, Polly Leonard and Renee Lindell.
In 2014 tailor Carol Alayne’s finalist Julia Titchfield took home the Open category first Prize with her fabric origami piece inspired by the patterns forming in Roman Broccoli. Freelance textile designer Alice Richardson’s finalist Myra Chung took home the first place Student award for her piece combining Victorian details with a futuristic silhouette.
This year’s chosen finalists have just two months to work with their mentors and make potential changes to their pieces before the September deadline. You can see them develop their work, comment and encourage them in the run up to the final on by searching #HLPrize15 on Instagram and Twitter.
On Thursday 5th November the finished 12 pieces will be unveiled at the Prizegiving held at London’s historic Bishopsgate Institute. The evening event offers a live public vote that is combined with the expert judges scores to determine the final winners.
This year the Prizegiving is sponsored by Liberty, The Royal School of Needlework, Wilcom, Madeira threads, The Bishopsgate Institute, Alice Made This, The Gold and Silver Wyre Drawer, The Fashion and Textile Museum and The Heritage Crafts Association. Top prizes include The Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers’ donation of £1000 for exceptional use of Goldwork, The Liberty Art Print Fabric Award, The Wilcom Institutional Award, tickets to FTM exhibitions, £200 of Madeira threads as well as six substantial cash prizes to the winners and runners up in both the Student and Open categories.
More information about the Prize and how to get involved in 2016 can be found at www.handembroidery.com