The Prize FAQs

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What is the aim of the Prize?

The aim of this prize is to promote the use of hand embroidered surface embellishment within the fashion, costume & textile industries. We provide artists, students, practitioners and enthusiasts with a platform to connect with other industry bodies; in turn gaining exposure, improving embroidery techniques and keeping the age old tradition moving forward in the modern world.

 

What are the categories?

The Fashion and Textile Art categories are divided into student and open subcategories. The categories are as follows:

 

Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Fashion Category

Student subcategory and Open subcategory – This category is for anyone who has incorporated embroidery into a fashion piece. 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 – 8) and showcase your design skill as well as your ability to embroider. Judges will look at your concept, execution, construction, embroidery skill and overall presentation. You will be required to enter one full look.

Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Textile Art Category

Student subcategory and Open subcategory – This category allows entrants to enter any piece of embroidery that falls under the textile art remit. We will allow entries from the subjects of jewellery, interior design, art installations and more. If you piece incorporates embroidery we want to see it! Judges will be looking for originality, embroidery technique, execution and overall presentation. This entry also has to be a finished piece and should follow the prize brief.

What are the Prizes?

Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Award
First Prize:

◦ The winners in each category will be awarded with $3,500 USD as a top prize.
◦ A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen.
◦ Six months subscription to Selvedge magazine.
◦ A prize bundle of industry standard threads from Madeira.
◦ A weekend course at Hand & Lock.

Second Prize

◦ A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen.
◦ Six months subscription to Selvedge magazine.
◦ A weekend course at Hand & Lock.

Third Prize

◦ A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen.
◦ Six months subscription to Selvedge magazine.
◦ A weekend course at Hand & Lock.

Associate Awards

◦ Wilcom Award for Digital Embroidery – New for 2019 the Wilcom Award for Digital Embroidery is open to both Student and Open categories. The Wilcom Award will be judged after the July deadline and a winner will be chosen for the best use of digital embroidery techniques. The prize is 12 months of sponsorship from Wilcom. This includes the software Embroidery Studio Designing e4, including creative and productivity add on Elements and access to online support and training.

The Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawer Award. The Company will award £1000 to the entry with the best use of goldwork embroidery technique.

 

How do I register?

Click here to register online. All online entrants must pay via debit card, credit card or paypal. Please ensure funds are available before registering. Please note, your Prize registration fee is non-refundable if you later decide not to submit an entry.

 

I have not received an email confirmation upon registration?

Please ensure that you check your junk mail box before emailing us with your registration queries.  Towards the end of the competition we have a huge influx of entries so our response may be delayed. You will be emailed an order confirmation number and a link to a download which confirms your competition registration and gives you details about the first deadline.

 

Do you have to live in the UK to enter?

Our contest is open to embroiderers, students and enthusiasts anywhere in the world.  You can enter on our website here.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

 

Can you participate as a team?

No – our rules state that we can only accept one name per application.

 

Can you enter more than one category?

You can enter more than one category for example you may wish to enter both the fashion and textile art category. You cannot enter both the student and open subcategories.

 

I’ve registered by 29th March, what do I need to do next?

Registration closes at midnight on the 29th March 2019. Once the registration period is finished, an online portal will open on the Prize website, this allows you to submit six images for your entry, the portal is open from 1st April – 5th July 2019. There is also an option to add supporting text to explain your concept and techniques/materials used (max 200 words).

Your six images must comprise of three research images (concept, mood boards, embroidery samples, etc.) and three images that show your final design or, if not yet completed, what your final design will look like. Please note that judges will use these images to determine who goes through to the next round and it is vital they understand your overall vision.

Please see below for examples of mood boards, samples and final design images.

 

Hannah Mansfield 2017 3rd place Hand Embroidery Fashion Open Category
Coline Bavois 2018 Finalist Hand Embroidery Textile Art Open Category
Giverney Volrath 2015 3rd place Fashion Student Category
Katie Buckland 2017 3rd place Hand Embroidery Fashion Student Category

Please ensure the images are in focus and not too light/dark, these images will be presented to the judging panel for the first round of the competition and from here the finalists will be chosen for stage two

No physical work needs to be submitted at this stage, you are only required to send your work to Hand & Lock if you become a finalist in the competition.

 

How will I know if I have got through to the finalists round?

The 1st round of judging takes place in mid July.  We will send you an email to confirm your advancement in the contest on or before Friday 2nd August 2019. If you are successful, it is at this stage you will be introduced to your mentor for the mentoring programme. If you are unsuccessful in reaching the 2nd round we will also contact you by email on 2nd August 2019.

 

I’ve been selected as a finalist, when do I need to send my final physical pieces to Hand & Lock?

You will have spent the summer finalising your designs and consulting your mentor and you must send your final piece(s) to the Hand & Lock studio in London between Monday 16th September – Friday 20th September. Please note the studio opening hours are 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Any work received after this date will not be eligible for the competition.

 

What size should I make my garment?

UK Female clothing size 6-8: Due to the mannequins we use, please do not make your designs smaller than the following measurements: Bust 79 cm / Waist 60.5 cm / Hips 86 cms

UK Male Clothing size Medium: Due to the mannequins we use, please do not make your designs smaller than the following measurement: Chest 96 cm / Waist 60.5 cm.

 

What happens to my submission after the Prize?

If you have placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd we kindly ask to keep your submission for up to one year to display at the Hand & Lock studio and to offer for press loans to elevate your profile and highlight The Prize. If you require your piece exceptions can be made. Submissions that don’t place in the top three will be made available immediately. In both cases it is the finalist’s responsibility to pay for and organise the return of their submission. Due to the large numbers of submissions from around the world Hand & Lock regrets it cannot cover the costs of international couriers.

 

I’ve registered but decided not to send a submission, can I get a refund?

The fee at the point of registration is non-refundable, under any circumstances. This fee contributes to the running of the Prize and the Prize fund itself. Only register if you are confident you can submit a worthy entry by the specified deadline.

 

My question has not been answered, how can I contact you?

Please email prize@handembroidery.com with any questions you have and we will endeavour to answer your query as soon as possible.