2016 call for entries
We are pleased to announce a CALL FOR ENTRIES to the 2016 Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize!
The competition is open to students from any country currently enrolled in a textile, fashion or knitting course creating original fashion, interior or lifestyle textiles. Based on creativity, innovation and aesthetics, finalists will be selected by a jury and have their work featured in an exhibition at WantedDesign in New York from May 7 to 17, 2016. America’s leading carpeting and flooring company MOHAWK is generously providing $5,000 for the prize winner who will be announced at the TALKING TEXTILES CONFERENCE on Wednesday, May 3, 2016.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is April 10, 2016.
Dorothy Waxman’s jury is made up of the following additional industry experts:Royce Eptsein (Director of Design Segment, Mohawk Group), Paul Makovsky (Editorial Director, Metropolis); Helen Oji (Creative, Inspiration & Research Director, Eileen Fisher) and Mathilda McQuaid (Deputy Curatorial Director, Cooper Hewitt).
Started in 2011, TALKING TEXTILES is an initiative to discuss textiles, highlighting the importance of innovation and education. Exhibitions have taken place at Spazio Gianfranco Ferré and Ventura Lambrate, Milan (Salone del Mobile, 2011); Designhall, Stockholm (2012), Textielmuseum, Tilburg (2013 – 2014) and at WantedDesign, Industry City, Brooklyn (2015).
The programme founders Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano believe that it is important to take notice again of contemporary textiles because they are themselves an endangered species. Mills around the world are vanishing one by one and educational institutions are downsizing their textile departments or replacing looms with computers, therefore soon textile talent may have no place to go.
Creativity is the only solution. Since textiles have the power to reflect the fabric of our society, the TALKING TEXTILES initiative provides an alternative solution to the problems of last century, with optimism and fantasy to transform our nomadic lives.
The TALKING TEXTILES CONFERENCE is an inspiring and educational half-day seminar to talk about textiles for fashion and interiors – exploring the important trends, fabrics, yarns and techniques for the seasons to come. Hosted in New York, the event elevates textile education for both students and professionals alike and is offered free to students and faculty, while tickets are available for purchase for professionals and textiles enthusiasts.
NEXT SEMINAR IS ON MAY 3, 2016 (tickets can be reserved through firstname.lastname@example.org).