18 March 2011


Now in it’s 11th year, Hand and Lock’s acclaimed Prize challenges students and practitioners to take part in what is set to be the most diverse, exciting and challenging contest to date.This year’s brief is published in honour of Bunty Hand, the twentieth century matriarch in charge of M. Hand, who sadly passed away this year. Famed for her ability to create the most beautiful hand embroidered pieces from her ‘old drawers’’ full of odds and ends; the spotlight for entrants is firmly set on a ‘waste not, want not’ attitude, encouraging the use of old fabrics and haberdashery.With three exciting themes to choose from (for fun – full bloom – for the better) participants are asked to focus on innovative hand embroidery to create a final piece, and each entry should have supporting research and design development.
The winner of the contest will receive their piece ‘brought to life’ by exclusive designers Edward Green, a top prize of $5000, a fantastic work experience opportunity at Karen Nichol studio, mentoring by LCF, and free membership to the Embroiderer’s Guild. Second and third place receive $1000 and $500 respectively, and there are other prizes for winners of student and open categories.
As forms must be submitted by 31st March 2011, Hand and Lock are still accepting entries and encourage you to view the photographs of Bunty’s original drawers and get creating!click here for more info

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