By this I mean the emergence of several companies that share some common characteristics, namely:
a) they offer designs on fabrics
b) the designs are selected from winning entries of competitions open to members
c) competition participants vote for their favourite designs, and further raise the profile of the company by publicising this via social media
d) prizes include getting the winning design produced as an item of clothing eg scarf, dress etc, and the designer getting a shout out or a cash prize.
These so-called “collaborative” textile companies are what I believe to be the young upstarts of a new trend.
Here are just some “collaborative” companies that I know of, in no particular order. Please note I am unable to vouch for the reputations of these; these are the ones I’ve submitted designs to for contests or stumbled across on my internet searches. I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find several more like them online yourself.
Front Row Society
Only time will tell if this trend kicks off and continues to capture the imagination of the public, or whether it is just a phase. It certainly is one way of democratizing the art of textile designing, making it accessible to anyone with a smart device or computer and the motivation to participate.
As I write this, Front Row Society’s current competition has the theme of “Typography”. Here is the link.
Textile Federation is currently running a competition called “Entomology”, with the theme of insects. Here is the link if you’re interested in participating.
Lastly, here is an Australian-residents-only competition, by Digital Fabrics, for my Antipodean readers.
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