Royal School of Needlework

Associate Award for Innovation and Technical Excellence in Hand Embroidery.

ABOUT

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) has been an international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery since 1872 and is thrilled to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2022. Based in Hampton Court Palace, they offer a range of hand embroidery courses for beginners through to advanced, across all techniques. The Embroidery Studio creates beautiful bespoke commissions for fashion, art and royalty, as well as restores and conserves historical textiles. As part of the 2021 Hand & Lock Prize they are offering a special award: The Royal School of Needlework Associate Award for Innovation and Technical Excellence in Hand Embroidery.

 

CRITERIA

The RSN award is only open to entrants in the Student categories. Given RSN students are able to enter the Prize, to avoid bias this award will be chosen by an independent expert judge. The judge will be looking for a close observance of the brief, an innovative use of traditional hand embroidery processes, technical excellence, clear (mentor led) development from the second round to the final. Please note: Embellishment in the form of beads, sequins, buttons etc. must not make up more than 25% of the final design. At the 1st stage submission, you will need to check this criteria and confirm that your entry is eligible for this award.

 

AWARD

The winner of the Royal School of Needlework Associate Award for Innovation and Technical Excellence in Hand Embroidery will receive £1000 and a one day class at the Royal School of Needlework.

The Royal School of Needlework has been an international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery since 1872.

2020 Award recipient: Martha Blackburn
RSN Student and Prize Winner: Alex Standring

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