Do you want to join our  first fashion collective? Would you like to win £2,000 AND see your product in high street stores throughout the UK & Ireland?

Specsavers, with support from fashion brand Red or Dead, are launching an exciting design competition to find the best young talent to create a new cutting edge eyewear collection, to be launched in Specsavers in spring 2019. The new range of glasses will include styles from up to six young designers and will be showcased instore and on Specsavers website.


  • Specsavers is looking for designs that shout style but that are also wearable. They should encourage people to wear their specs with pride and help the wearer to express their individuality. They can be of any colour and pattern, or you might prefer something simpler where the shape does the talking.
  • Wherever your imagination leads you, remember, they also have to be practical, functional and able to be manufactured.
  • The end products can be made out of a range of materials that include acetate, stainless steel, nickel, silver or titanium, cellulose proprionate or grilamide (nylon).
  • But if that sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry: the finalists will work closely with an eyewear designer and product developer to bring their designs to life to ensure that they comply with optical industry standards.
  • You should produce a minimum of two different designs and a maximum of six – obviously the more you submit, the more the judges are likely to see something that they love! Specsavers would also like you to come up with a name for the new eyewear collection.


  • Communication
    Ensure that your design language is clear, easy to understand and stands out from the crowd. Communicate your collection’s message directly and powerfully. You might also want to suggest some marketing initiatives that could be created around your products.
  • Commercial appeal
    Your designs must hold commercial value and be relevant to the market. Do your designs only appeal to a niche audience or do they have wider appeal?


  • Research
    Explain the inspiration and trends that have informed your collection and led to your final designs. What are the common themes, materials, colours, prints and branding that make up your designs? Who is the consumer you have in mind?
  • Design
    Explore concepts for a marketable range that stands out in the current optical market. You can develop up to six different ideas for your collection. You can also include development ideas for branding, a glasses case, cleaning cloth and packaging.
  • What is required
    Produce mock-ups of your designs in either 3D print, on card or a material that helps visualise the final design, showing the front and side view.


  • Each winner will receive a cash prize of £2,000, as well as having their design or designsmanufactured and professionally photographed.
  • One overall winner, who most impressed the judges at interview, will also be flown out to the Far East, all expenses paid, to see their designs being made.


  • Open to 2017 graduate designers from any design subject resident in UK or Republic of Ireland + students studying any design subject in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
  • Aged 18+



Already got an ARTS THREAD portfolio? To enter, simply log into your account, upload your design as a new project, return to this page and select your project into the Competition box above.

New to ARTS THREAD? To enter, register to create an ARTS THREAD account and go to your email and click on the activation link sent to your email Inbox. Then log into your account, upload your project, then return to this page and select your project into the Competition box above.

You can create the work in any media, as long it can be submitted to and viewed on the Arts Thread site.


Complete our online Specsavers Eyewear Design Competition 2018 Entry Form

Please ensure you have read the Terms & Conditions for the Specsavers Eyewear Design Competition 2018

ENTRY: Free to apply

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Thursday April 26 2018 11.59 PM GMT


  • A panel of industry experts will select a shortlist from all entries submitted.
  • The shortlisted entrants will be announced on 1 May 2018 and must be available for interview in London on Thursday 3 May.
  • A maximum of six winners will then be chosen, whose designs will each feature in the new eyewear collection.
  • The winners will be announced no later than 31 May 2018.



The Creative Conscience Awards welcome projects by students and graduates (of up to two years) from any creative discipline. Use this opportunity to push your curiosity and create the change you want to see in the world.

You can work individually or in teams of up to six, and can choose your own issue to tackle. There is a £10 admin fee for entries by individuals and teams of two, with a £5 fee for every extra team member after that.

We’re looking for exciting projects with a focus on social impact. You can enter anything you like, as long as the project fits into one of our Impact Themes. We also have some exciting briefs to give you a starting point if you feel you need it, tackling some of the most relevant issues that our world faces today.

If your project is shortlisted, it will be judged by a panel of industry experts based on your creative approach and the potential impact of your project.


Location: open globally – worldwide

See the work of past winners



Emerging designers and artists, here’s your chance to shine in the Big Apple.

Avery Dennison and Arts Thread have come together to create the second “Bright New Things” competition – this time with the winning work to be shown to millions in Times Square, New York City, in conjunction with DesignPavilion.

“Bright New Things” aims to discover the world’s most forward-thinking new designers and artists – students and recent graduates who are able to combine design creativity with application consideration to create both high-impact visual branding and functional design.

We are looking for your unique view on how to energise and transform everyday items in work that represents your creative vision, the design brief, and the product features of Avery Dennison graphic materials (see details below).

This is a unique opportunity to see your design be part of an innovative technology installation in Times Square, as part of Design Pavilion, visited by an estimated 3 million visitors over nine days during NYCxDESIGN,New York City’s annual design week— in May 2018.


Avery Dennison is looking for emerging artists/designers to provide 2D imagery – think patterns, photography, illustrations, and graphics — that transform everyday objects into exciting concepts.

You can either submit work you have already created or create new work.

We would like you to select one of three products – either a chair, a table or a lamp, and suggest 2D artwork that would bring the product alive using pattern and colour. It would be beneficial, but not obligatory, for your concept to be accompanied by a short video introducing the story behind your concept and why it deserves a place in Design Pavilion.


Four winning designs will be chosen for exhibition in an installation in Times Square as part of Design Pavilion, 12th-20th May 2018. The installation will consist of a large glass cubepowered by Avery Dennison’s Janela and Vela technologies, offering viewers a combination of physical and digital discovery.

The four winning projects will be selected on 28th March by a judging panel that includes:

  • Ilene Shaw – Founding Producer, Design Pavilion
  • Harry Allen – President and Chief Creative, Harry Allen Design
  • Hassan Rmaile – Vice President and General Manager, Avery Dennison Graphics andReflective Solutions & Vice President, Global Technology and Ventures
  • Angus McGuffin – Creative Director, Brand + Communication + Digital, Avery Dennison
  • Rana Sidahmed – Creative Director, Creative + Trends + Insights – Avery Dennison

The four winners will then be flown all-expenses paid to New York where they will take part in a workshop 11th – 12th April using Avery Dennison materials to develop their concepts into a final product for display at Design Pavilion. During the workshop, the finalists will be able to work with Avery Dennison Graphic Installers to create their concept designs, using materials from the Avery Dennison Graphic Portfolio. Filming of the workshop and the product creation will also be used as part of the final installation.

The four winners’ work will be seen by millions during New York City Design Week and given global media coverage. It will also be promoted across the Avery Dennison, Design Pavilion, NYCxDESIGN, NASDAQ, Arts Thread web and social media channels, which are seen by brands and retailers globally. In all, this is a unique opportunity for you to have your work featured in a prestigious design show and seen by huge numbers of people around the world.


  • Open worldwide to 2017 & 2016 graduate artists/designers and all students studying any specialism of art and design.
  • The competition is not open to anyone employed by a company within art and design or have any family members employed by Avery Dennison.



Already got an ARTS THREAD portfolio? To enter, simply log into your account, upload your design as a new project, return to this page and select your project into the Competition box above.

New to ARTS THREAD? To enter, register to create an ARTS THREAD account and go to your email and click on the activation link sent to your email Inbox. Then log into your account, upload your project, then return to this page and select your project into the Competition box above.


Complete our online Bright Young Things Take Times Square NYC Competition Entry Form

Please ensure you have read the Terms & Conditions for the Bright Young Things Take Times Square NYC Competition

ENTRY: Free to apply

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday March 26 2018 11.59 PM GMT


Once submitted, the designs will be evaluated by our expert judging panel to establish the top four artists/designers. Those designers will then be invited to the two-day workshop in New York on the 11th and 12th April. Attendance at the workshop is mandatory. All expenses will be paid by Avery Dennison.


//The Cockpit Arts: The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards & The Clear Insurance Award – DEADLINE Thursday 22 March 2018

The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards are open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms.

The selection panel, including the acclaimed ikat weaver and designer Mary Restieaux, and representatives of The Clothworkers’ Foundation, will be looking for up to four individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills.

The Award contributes to the cost of a place at Cockpit for one year from July 2018 and will include a space in a shared studio equipped with a dye area and Leclerc, Louet and electronic ARM looms.

The Cockpit Arts / Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards recipients will be awarded a place at Cockpit Arts for one year worth £3,000 (to be supplemented with a £1,000 contribution each from successful applicants, payable on a monthly basis)*The Award includes the following benefits:

  • Studio space and use of looms for a year within the Cockpit Arts business incubator, Deptford, London SE8
  • Business incubation / acceleration services including on-site coaching and workshops
  • Selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts twice-yearly Open Studios public selling weekends and other events
  • Opportunity to collaborate with other makers in the Cockpit community
  • Access to office facilities and resource centre *The total sum (Award and additional contribution) is linked to the cost of the space and support services the Awardees will receive.

How to Apply:
Please email Sandie Mattioli,, for an Application Pack
Deadline for receipt of applications is midday, Thursday 22 March 2018
Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held on Monday 23 April 2018
Applicants will be expected to move into Cockpit Arts Deptford no later than 1 July 2018 and attend our Awardee Induction Day on a date TBC



The Redress Design Award (formerly the EcoChic Design Award) is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. ARTS THREAD is proud to be a supporting partner to this initiative for the 4th consecutive year.


Website: Redress Design Award 2018

Location: open globally – worldwide

Experience/age: Having less than three years’ professional fashion design experience or are a fashion student in any year at an educational institution at the time of application. 18+

Entry: Free to Apply


You will join the team of fashion game-changers at The R Collective, the new up-cycled fashion brand that was born from Redress, to create an up-cycled collection for retail.

Following your runway victory, you will work remotely with The R Collective’s design team before returning to the dynamic city of Hong Kong for four to six weeks to finesse your designs, help to source fabric waste and assist with production planning. During this time, you will present your collection to the region’s top buyers to entice leading department stores to retail your collection, alongside The R Collective’s e-commerce platform.

You will also drive your collection’s marketing campaign, including photo and video shoots, as you learn about how scaling up pieces of your winning competition collection for the real world of retail. Along with this crowning prize, you will rightfully earn yourself a position alongside the other talented designers already in The R Collective, bagging yourself the chance to have your voice and talents recognized under this global spotlight.

Find out more about The Redress Design Award 2018 with The R Collective here.

For full list of prizes see visit  Redress Design Award 2018



Digital printing company Silk Bureau are running a student INTERIOR DESIGN Competition.

Open to all students in 2016-17 Academic Year

Surface Pattern
Interior Design
Furniture Design
Textile Design
Graphic Design

We have been really impressed with the standard that graduating students presented at the 2016 New Designers event. From fashion to interiors the students surpassed themselves with innovative design. We were so proud to have played such a huge part in their success story by printing their designs on our extensive fabric range.

Our latest student competition has been based on one of our finds from the show.

Aim: Create a design for a statement piece of furniture to showcase at the Silk Bureau.

Brief: Design a seamless repeat pattern to be used for upholstery. The design should reflect the Silk Bureau as a digital textile printing specialist. The design should be dramatic and provide a ‘wow’ factor for visitors on entry to our premises.


Specifications: Repeat pattern. TIFF file format. 180 – 300 dpi. Flattened. RGB. Contact us on 01386 861122 for the link to upload your completed file. Deadline: 9th December 2016. All entries will be printed on 12th December 2016 and the winner will be announced 9th January 2017. All entries must be accompanied with an order form clearly headed ‘Student Competition – Interiors 2016’

Winner: The winning design will be printed on Poly Canvas and used to re-upholster seating displayed in the reception area at The Silk Bureau Ltd. (Furniture supplied by the Silk Bureau Ltd) The winner will be invited to visit the Silk Bureau and see the processes involved in digital fabric printing. The winner will receive 5m (worth over £140) of the design printed on Poly Canvas, selected for the upholstery project. The winner will be promoted on our website and social media.

£25 entry fee. Includes 1m of your design printed on Poly Canvas (normal cost over £46) and return postage.

winner will be promoted on our website and social media.

Interiors Competition 2016 – Terms & Conditions 

  1. All entries must be submitted with a completed order form clearly headed ‘Student Competition – Interiors 2016’ . These will then be known as the ‘Entrants’.
  2. Entry is only open to current students in the 2016 – 2017 academic year and MUST be accompanied with a copy of their Student ID.
  3. All artwork submitted MUST be print ready.
  4. The Silk Bureau Limited will not make any amendments to Entrants’ original files.
  5. A pro forma invoice will be raised within 7 days of submitting the competition order form.
  6. The entry fee of £25 must be paid upon receipt of the invoice and is non – refundable
  7. Entry fees include 1m of Polyester Canvas printed with the Entrant’s print ready artwork and delivery with in the UK only.
  8. Additional postal charges will be applied to Entrants outside of the UK postal area.
  9. All artwork being entered into the competition will be printed on 12th December 2016 and despatched with 7 working days to an address with in the UK.
  10. The Silk Bureau Limited reserve the right to change the fabric without notice to an alternative also considered to be appropriate for upholstery.
  11. The Silk Bureau Limited reserve the right to refuse an order and/or competition entry.
  12. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date. 9th December 2016
  13. The Silk Bureau Judges will make the final decision and will not enter into any discussion regarding the result.
  14. The Winner will be selected on 14th December 2016 and announced by 16th December 2016. The Winner will be notified by email and/or phone call.
  15. The Silk Bureau Limited reserve the right to publish details of the Winner and winning entry for marketing purposes pertaining to The Silk Bureau Limited.
  16. The Winner will be invited to visit The Silk Bureau Limited at their Evesham premises from 10:30 to 16:00 on an agreeable date to suit both the Winner and The Silk Bureau Limited. Expenses and arrangements incurred by the Winner i.e. travel, is not included.
  17. The Winner will be entitled to an additional 5m of fabric suitable for upholstery as chosen by The Silk Bureau Limited.
  18. The award is not transferable to any other party. There is no cash alternative.
  19. The Silk Bureau Limited reserves the right to cancel or amend the Competition or the rules without notice.

Any irregularities and variations in the weave of our fabrics are in NO way to be considered as defects. They are a characteristic of a natural fibre.
It is important to allow for shrinkage. Shrinkage can be up to 10% on most fabrics, however for stretch fabrics it can be up to 20%. Short runs shrink more than longer runs pro rata; however this is not a precise science. Shrinkage can vary from one batch of fabric to another.
The natural shade of fabric may vary from roll to roll and is a circumstance beyond our control.
Please examine the fabrics carefully before processing. Direct or indirect claims for any reason whatsoever will not be accepted once the customer, or any party acting upon their instruction, has cut, or processed the fabric in any way.
Claims for any defects, or shortages, must be made in writing within seven days of delivery of the fabric.
Fabric specifications given are as accurate as possible to allow for printing of images. Rolls of natural fabric may vary in size between batches, so selvedge to selvedge dimensions are not provided. Selvedge areas may not be printed on.
Colours depicted on screen and colours actually printed may vary due to the nature of fabric/textile printing and the variation of individual monitor displays.



This year’s theme is titled “GEO”.

The GEO theme is a combination of natural geode stones and modern geometric shapes. Merriam-Webster defines geometric as using simple geometric forms such as circles and squares in repeated bold and sometimes intricate patterns for design and decoration. This popular design style became a significant trend this year and will continue to be seen throughout the fall of 2018.  Also, making a fashionable breakthrough on clothes, bags, sheets, wallcoverings and more have been geo inspired designs which consist of showcasing the intricate details of natural stone and geodes.

 Create 6 original surface designs inspired by “GEO”. These designs are to be applied to the surface of products and presented as a collection from one of the following 4 categories:

  • WEAR
    • Apparel/Personal Accessories (fashion, scarves, hats, shoes, belts, cell-phone and electronic accessories, handbags & wallets)
  • WORK
    • Retail/Office (furniture, upholstery, floor and wall coverings, and decorative accessories)
    • Hotel (furniture, upholstery, floor and wall coverings, tabletop and linens)
    • Home Office (desk accessories, organizational products, upholstery, floor and wall coverings, curtains)
  • LIVE
    • Elements for any interior room: 
      • Bedroom (sheets, comforters, curtains, floor and wall coverings)
      • Dining (table cloths, dinnerware and wall coverings)
    • Elements for any exterior room 
      • Patio furniture, seat cushions, awnings, table, umbrellas, and floor coverings
  • PLAY
    • Celebration (invitations, gift bags, wrapping paper, paper plates and napkins)
    • Personal (journals, note cards, writing paper, storage boxes)
    • DIY (scrapbooking paper, stickers, rubberstamps, and quilting fabrics)


Four winners will be selected, and will be given the unique opportunity to display their project at SURTEX 2016 (May 21-23, 2017) in a designext “booth” setting. Winners will be given specific direction for their on-site presentation and will be required to create the materials for display.

In return, winners will:

  • Receive mention in a special designext press release (going to several hundred trade and consumer press)
  • Be featured in the On The Surface e-newsletter
  • Be included in various SURTEX promotional materials and the show’s website
  • Be provided hotel room in New York City during SURTEX (5 nights)*
  • Be given a daily monetary allowance (for meals) during the NYC visit
  • Be included in numerous activities at SURTEX to network and gain exposure in the marketplace. Activities include: Networking Event, introduction to members of the press and key art & design professionals, admission to SURTEX Conference Program sessions, and more.
  • Have their portfolio professionally critiqued
  • Have the opportunity to present their portfolio to SURTEX participants

Students’ on-site display, portfolio, overall presentation and the ability to maximize their participation at SURTEX will be reviewed by Show Management and judges during Show days. One student (of the four winners) will be selected to be honored the Grand Prize, prior to the close of the Show. This prize includes:

  • $1000 USD
  • Special mention on SURTEX website for one year
  • Recommendation letters to prospective employers

* Students must provide their own transportation to/from New York City. Two students will share a room, as designated by Show Management.

Jury / Criteria

The jury will review entries based on the following criteria:

  • Surface design development (i.e. hand-drawn and/or computer-generated)
  • Creativity, style and use of color and pattern
  • Potential for viability in the marketplace
  • Presentation of overall concept and surface designs

At SURTEX, the judges will review each of the four winners’ booth presentation and portfolio in order to determine the Grand Prize winner.


Professors or students, must register by November 13, 2016 using the Online Registration Form.

Entries must be shipped and received by January 23, 2017.
Click here for more details about designext’s requirements, eligibility and shipping.

Entries will be judged by respected industry professionals in February 2016.  Four winners will be selected – and invited to present their designext entry, as well as portfolio, at SURTEX from May 21-23, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  At SURTEX, the same judges will review each of the four winners’ booth presentation, portfolio and design aspirations in order to determine a Grand Prize winner.

We ask that you encourage all your surface design students – in their 3rd (junior) or 4th (senior) year – to enter the competition as – it’s an ideal project to work on between now and January 2017!  You may also make the competition one of your class projects for the upcoming term. Do let us know in advance if you expect your students to submit entries into the competition by completing the Online Registration Form.

For more information about SURTEX, visit our website at Any questions, contact Rachel Adams at



An excellent competition has just launched with Levi’s x Arts Thread. Read the details below and consider entering!

PRIZE: A paid 10 week Design internship at Levi’s San Francisco Headquarters in summer 2016. As part of the internship you’ll get work with the best denim experts on the planet, and visit the legendary Levi’s Archive and the Eureka Innovation Lab.


One of the most important roles of Design is to create an identity and a clear product aesthetic that reflects and amplifies the character of the brand. As designers, we create identity and desire. We create value by creating newness, emotional story-driven products that, like our old 501’s, become coveted collectors’ items of the future.

The concept behind Levi’s® Made & Crafted® builds on the legacy of the Levi’s brand, its authenticity, its soul, and project that into the future using today’s best materials and construction techniques. Quality and thoughtfulness is what’s luxury today. It’s the special things beyond just the price tag.

Made & Crafted also formed the basis of a collaboration between Made & Crafted and Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh for a new Fall/Winter 2016 collection, which debuted on the Paris catwalks earlier this year, and again for his 2017 Resort collection this June. It went so well that Virgil came back to our Eureka Innovation Lab and our Made & Crafted team, to design a special 100-piece limited edition “Made-in-Eureka Levi’s Made & Crafted x Off-White” collection.

Write a manifesto. We want to see what your Made & Crafted stands for. How do you take what Made & Crafted looks like today and push it into the future? What makes it different and yet undisputedly Levi’s®? How would you describe it to a friend?

Create the future of your Made & Crafted® world.


Entries Must Include:

1. Trend Report – Trend is about understanding human nature. The changes in people’s values and expectations. We’d like you to join dots between macro, retail, catwalk, street trends–– and how they have influenced your design.

2. The Tribe – describe the type of person this collection is aimed at. What do they like/do? Bring them to life – a combination of words and pictures.

3. The Made & Crafted Identity: Show the visual identity for the brand. Do this anyway you like – for instance…What does packaging look like? Hang tags, pocket flashers, bags? Was does a store look like? Physical, Online? Create the ecosystem, the Made & Crafted world. The experience.

4. Design drawings: 4 – 8 outfits. Men’s, Women’s, unisex – any combination. We’ll leave the genders up to you.

*Your submission images must be in JPEG format with maximum size of 5MB per image.


Open to anyone worldwide over who is –

  • enrolled in a Fashion Design program with an accredited college/university.
  • graduating between September 2017 – June 2018.

ENTRY: Free to enter