WSA Fashion Design Students Shortlisted for Diversity Now Competition

Three second year Fashion Design students have been shortlisted for the All Walks Catwalk, Diversity Now competition. Congratulations to Ning Kang, Abigail Skrentny and Holly Baxter!Abigail Skrentny Holly Baxter

Ning Kang


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





This year Handmade in Britain is working again in association with ARTS THREAD to offer 6 talented new graduates the chance to exhibit their work in the fourth edition of the successful New Graduate Showcase. Designer-makers will display their work in a dedicated gallery area and will also have the opportunity to attend a specialised workshop with ARTS THREAD and Piyush Suri, aimed at preparing graduates for the show and offering invaluable business advice to support their future careers.

View the New Graduate Showcase designer-makers from Handmade in Britain 2015 on ARTS THREAD


To apply Simply upload 5 to 10 images of work you would wish to show at HANDMADE IN BRITAIN to your ARTS THREAD portfolio & then complete our online HANDMADE IN BRITAIN 2016 Entry Form

Location/Experience: 2015 or 2016 graduates from UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) art schools and colleges.

How: Upload a minimum of 5 to 10 images (Please add information on size and techniques used) to your ARTS THREAD portfolio – login or register to create a portfolio account & then complete our online HANDMADE IN BRITAIN 2016 Entry Form

Entry: Free to apply and stand cost is ÂŁ300 +VAT (ÂŁ360) for a 1Ă—1 metre space within the New Graduate Showcase. Alongside your allocated gallery space, the cost includes:

  • Exclusive graduate workshop with Piyush Suri on exhibiting, costs and business advice.
  • Extensive press and publicity campaign and online event promotion in association with Arts Thread.
  • Online listing with image on Handmade in Britain website.
  • Coverage on Arts Thread and Handmade in Britain social media channels, website and blog.
  • A colour image, write up and contact details in the show magazine.
  • Complimentary tickets and private view invitations for your buyers and guests.
  • Printed and digital promotional material for distribution within your networks.
  • 24 hour security at the event.
  • Porters for set-up/break-down assistance.

Deadline for applications: August 31 2016 MIDNIGHT GMT


Handmade in Britain invites applications from designer–makers of contemporary craft, who produce their work in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and work in the following areas: fashion design & accessories, interior design & accessories, textiles, glass, jewellery, paper, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings. The organisers seek to provide a balance of craft disciplines in order to provide the visitors with a broad range of work. If your work does not reflect the above categories, please get in touch with us to discuss what you do.

Applications are assessed by Arts Thread and Handmade in Britain and assessment is based principally on the images supplied. Additional information on the application form may be used for press and publicity purposes once exhibitors have been selected.

Makers must demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of the making process and provenance of materials used. The maker must have applied their craft skills directly in the creation of the work exhibited. They must have also given consideration to the commercial viability of the work, both in terms of its pricing and appeal to consumers.

Handmade at Britain is marketed to and attracts professional, international and UK consumer and trade buyers; retailers from both independent boutiques and major retail stores; museums and galleries; design, interiors and fashion industry professionals; corporate and public sector buyers and collectors; local residents; tourists; shoppers and craft/design collectors. Selected press, buyers, media and VIPs are also invited to attend our private view opening evening.

Marketing & Promotion

  • London Underground poster campaign
  • Flyer distribution in all major London venues, galleries, museums, cafes, restaurants and universities
  • Private view invitation to key contacts – including media, trade buyers and collectors
  • Media partnerships with specialist publications, local and national press
  • Advertising campaign across relevant print and digital media
  • Regular Newsletters to our 5000+ strong mailing list
  • Social media campaign to 44,000+ (Feb 2015) followers
  • Cross promotion with relevant groups and organisations


Your chance to mix it with some of the biggest names in design!

Want to sit alongside ten of the world’s most celebrated designers and artists, such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Manolo Blahnik? Want to be part of a ground-breaking project that could just be the launch pad for your career? This is your chance to unleash your creative energy and carry your ambition to the edge.

Together with Designers Against Aids and Arts Thread, Eastpak is giving young design students and graduates the opportunity to win a wildcard entry to the Eastpak Artist Studio(EAST) along with a production budget to turn your winning design into reality.

Watch the 3 finalists from the last edition talk about their work & hear about the work ofWinner KRJST


Who can Enter:

Location: International – from any country.

Experience/age: Open to all students and recent graduates of Fashion or Textile Design, provided they are not yet full-time employed in the industry and graduated after summer 2013.

How to Enter:

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.

Please ensure you have read the Terms & Conditions for Eastpak Artist Studio Wildcard Competition

Entry: Free

Deadline: June 30 MIDNIGHT GMT

Prize: The winner of the Wildcard Competition will receive a place alongside some of the world’s most renowned fashion designers, such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, at the Eastpak Artist Studio, with all the prestige and publicity that entails.

The winning design will be integrated in the project’s communication platform and exhibited at the international finissage around World Aids Day, December 1st 2016. The designer’s creation will be sold at auction and all proceeds donated to the charity organisation Designers Against Aids.

Each finalist will receive an Eastpak travel gear package valued at €300.

Participants must come up with an original design for transforming a blank Eastpak Padded Pak’r® backpack into a unique work of art.

Anything goes: you can redecorate, recover, reconstruct or even reinvent the bag, provided the Eastpak Artist Studio logo remains intact and visible.

Download the Eastpak Padded Pak’r® backpack technical drawings with Eastpak Artist Studio logo

Entries Must Include:

1 – A mood board illustrating the inspiration behind the design

2 – Sketches of the design itself

3 – Full technical specifications (materials, dimensions, etc.)

Further details here

Printed Textiles Graduate Annabelle Jennings featured on Arts Thread as a New Designers highlight

Recent graduate, Annabelle Jennings work is featured on the Arts Thread blog as part of their print report at New Designers. Annabelle was showcasing her Printed Textile Collection inspired by women’s roles during the First and Second World Wars.


You can see the article here