Hand & Lock Competition 2016

Sarah Cheyne, printed textiles and embroidery specialist, will be introducing the Hand & Lock Competition brief tomorrow, 8th December, at 4pm in the Clean Room. Make sure you go along if you’re interested in entering.

Hand & Lock, the 247 year old embroidery atelier to European fashion houses, the British Military and The Royal Family has been running the prestigious embroidery prize since 2000 and now offers a prize fund in excess of $26,000.

The Prize is an invaluable opportunity for new designers to showcase their finest creations and potentially win a share of a life changing prize fund. Previous Prize winners have been able to fund their designs, start their own businesses and go on to have great success.

The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2016 will be structured differently from previous years encouraging the use of Embroidery in Textile Art as well as Fashion.

As such you will be able to use the brief outlined below to develop your work in either of these areas. Open Fashion | Student Fashion | Open Textile Art | Student Textile Art

Context for the Brief

We live in an ever increasing consumer world in which instant gratification fuels rapid purchasing trends, often resulting in design that is unpolished or has mediocre production quality.

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality not quantity. Everybody is buying far too many clothes.” Westwood, V. (2013).

Designers and artists need to make a concerted effort to react against inadequate design. The aim of this brief is to create quality design that consumers will cherish for years rather than dispose of when a new trend arises. The product should be well crafted. Be creative with materials and processes to achieve quality design that is designed to last and stand the test of time.

The Brief: Objects of Desire | Artist Heirloom

The dialogue between art and design is well established throughout history. Modern art can inspire design, and relevant concept development, thereby making your work more socially and culturally aware for forward-thinking design. Being able to anticipate what will happen in the future puts a designer in a position to make better decisions; to ensure their work is relevant, inspiring and sustainable. Artists and designers looks to the past to inspire new ideas for the future.

For this brief we ask you to choose one established artist, and one archive, to research and inspire your own project. Consider contrasting and mixing ideas and inspiration from your findings and designing something truly unique.

Think no limitations!


Fashion and textile designers borrow the form, materials, concepts and techniques of artists and decades in fashion; surfaces, colour, design and sculptural shapes impact on new fashion creation and innovation.

Careful consideration should be taken when it comes to colour. We want to see that you use colour as an integral component of the design process. Colour is reputed as the first thing that consumers are drawn to when considering design.

Your designs should be suitable for a contemporary consumer design market be it fashion, interior design or pure art.

For more details and to register visit the website