In it to win it

When you’re starting out as a new designer, entering competitions can be a great way to get your work noticed.

Here are a few that are open right now.

Spoonflower, the US company that produce fabric to your own design, have a regular competition for their design community. Currently they are looking for back to school patterns (closing very soon) and after that it’s cheater quilts and typewriter inspired designs. Here’s my back to school design.

My Back to School entry for the Spoonflower comp.

OhhDeer.com is an online retailer of quirky gifts. Their competition is to design a cushion cover – the winners will be produced and sold in Tate Modern amongst other top quality locations! It’s open until 8 September, details online here. Here is my entry:

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Supa Sofas, my entry to the OhhDeer competition.

Tigerprint, the designers of greetings cards for M&S, have a regular competition with fun briefs. This month’s is to design a pattern for 5-8 year old children that tells a story or evokes an exciting journey. Check it out on their website.

And finally, Betafashion.com produce silk scarves with designs by emerging new designers. Their current competition is to produce a design influenced by the current fashion trend of oriental motifs. Find out more here. One of my coursemates Mary Tanana won their last competition!