Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Clothkits Textile Design Competition

Clothkits have teamed up with Vintage at Goodwood for their next design competition. Create a vintage inspired surface pattern for Clothkits to print and see your creation come to life on the catwalk!
The brief:Grab the gouache, pen, pencils as to your wish, or fire up Photoshop and doodle away. Design a surface pattern that can then be applied to cloth through a printed medium. 
Creative freedom is encouraged around the brief of Future Vintage. The fabric design should be appropriate for women’s wear and be for a summer collection. Primarily it should embrace the ethos of both Clothkits and Vintage at Goodwood.
Want inspiration? There is no need to see the end shape of the garment, just the fabric design, but why not think 50s pinched waist dresses, 60s mod shifts or 70s flowing frocks. Clothkits will then take the design, print it and make it up into a summer dress.
The deadline for the competition is noon on Wednesday 14th July 2010. 

The winning entry will be notified by email by Monday 19th July 2010 and the garment will be on display at the Vintage at Goodwood festival from Friday 13th - Sunday 15th August 2010.

The competition is open to all from experienced designers to those with no prior background in textiles. Entries are encouraged from recent graduates, students and young aspiring designers.

Three finalists will be selected each winning a pair of tickets to the Vintage at Goodwood festival.

One overall winner’s design will be made up into a Vintage styled garment and exhibited on the Catwalk at Vintage at Goodwood.
For more information and to download a competition entry form,

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Summer Sketchbooks

Summer is the time for sketchbooks, travel journals, visiting exhibitions...

But how to get started on your sketchbook? Take a look at a few of my favourite handmade books, journals and altered books.

Su Blackwell - book sculptures:

Jessie Chorley - embroidered story books:

India Flint - handmade books using plant dyes (group workshop):

Julia Rothman - The "Forever" Sketchbook:

... Take a look at Julia's wonderful blog 'Book By It's Cover' for loads of the most beautiful sketchbooks, handmade books etc.