Saturday, September 18, 2010

Worldwide Embroidery Design Competition 2010

Deadline: 1st October 2010 (EMAIL)

The Worshipful Company of Broderers

Worldwide Embroidery Design Competition 2010

BRIEF (truncated)
The competition is to create your own ORIGINAL design, which will be interpreted in hand embroidery by the experts at the Royal School of Needlework, for the Worshipful Company of Broderers` commemorative table-top Lectern Fall to celebrate the 450th anniversary of their original Royal Charter in 1561, granted by Queen Elizabeth I.

Who can Enter
This is a Competition open to anyone from anywhere in the world who is interested in design for embroidery. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. Entries must be submitted by an individual. No group entries allowed.

The underlying meaning of the Brief indicates that successful applicants will embrace the suggestion that the judges will be looking for innovation and a very contemporary feel to the designs submitted. It is worth remembering that for over 500 years The Worshipful Company of Broderers has championed the creation of embroidered artefacts which have reflected the spirit of the moment. In so doing they have encouraged and supported cutting edge and forward looking contemporary embroidery design, all the while maintaining the highest quality from design to completion.

Good design, though fashionable, will endure. The present Master and the Liverymen of the Broderers wish to mark this occasion with a new embroidered table-top lectern fall. The winning design will celebrate all that is meaningful, forward looking, innovative and creative and will reflect the best of textile thinking at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Research Material
Much of the Broderers` history was lost in the Great Fire of London of 1666 and more was lost in the Blitz of 1940 during the Second World War. Your design should be informed by your own research. You should begin by visiting the website of The Worshipful Company of Broderers on

Size and Dimensions
The Embroidery Design is to be suitable to be a fall in front of a table-top lectern
The lectern fall will be mounted, but not framed, on a board measuring 14” (36cms) high and 18” (46cms) across

Artist`s Statement
You are requested to supply an artist`s statement of not more than 100 words to accompany your design in order to help inform the judges.


One entry per contestant
Entries must be submitted by an individual. No group entries allowed
They must be the entrant’s own original work
They must not infringe any copyright
They will be judged to establish that they have met the Brief
The winning design will become the property of The Worshipful Company of Broderers to adapt, modify, publish, reproduce and promote in any way it sees fit without reference or compensation to the entrant

The Royal School of Needlework Studio will have final creative control of the interpretation of the design as embroidery, whilst endeavouring to follow the designer’s aim. This will also apply to the techniques and materials used.

Judging of Entries

Judging criteria:
0 - 35 Visual impact, bearing in mind macro and micro perspective
0 - 25 The originality of your work
0 - 20 Use of colour
0 - 20 Suitability of your design for interpretation as embroidery

Judging will take place during October 2010. All entries will be judged anonymously.

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Who are the Broderers?

The Worshipful Company of Broderers is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. Broderers were workers in embroidery and the organisation of Broderers is known to have existed as far back as 1331. The Broderers received their first Royal Charter, granted by Queen Elizabeth I, in 1561.The Company is now, as are most Livery Companies, a charitable foundation. Its motto is ‘Omnia Desuper’, Latin for All From Above.

What is the Royal School of Needlework?
The Royal School of Needlework is the international centre for embroidery teaching based at Hampton Court Palace in south-west London. Its mission is to teach, practise and promote the art of hand embroidery to the highest standards, within both historical and contemporary design contexts. The RSN Studio undertakes hand embroidery commissions. The RSN is a registered charity.