we the makers – design competition

Ahoy there, arty-crafty friends. Are you a creative thinker? A talented maker? Someone who enjoys a challenge? We ask because there’s some seriously good prizes up for grabs, should you decide to submit your work to the 2020 We The Makers Design Festival, a new biennial kicking off next year on May 15th at the National Wool Museum in Geelong, Victoria.

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What exactly do you have to do to pounce on this opportunity? Make and submit up to two items based on the festival theme: Design for the Future – Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion. Your piece can take the form of headwear, neckwear, bodywear or footwear, and must fit into one of the seven categories listed here.

There's a $10,000 cash prize for the Designer of the Year, plus a whole bunch of other awards including a $2,000 People’s Choice Award; a mentorship with the Australian Fashion Council and the chance to win a $500 voucher that you can put towards a short fashion course at RMIT. (Our very own editor Sophie Kalagas will be among the panel of judges.) Oh, and the other very cool perk: makers who enter will get to sell their items at the shop-style gallery space during the festival. Heck yeah!

Entries open from February 1, 2020 – it's completely free to enter, and there's even a category for young makers under 18. Better get cracking!

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