It’s here! Our ‘Eco Designer of The Future Award 2018’ student sponsorship competition is now open! Calling all Fashion, Textiles, Interior and Design students with a passion for sustainable and ethical design… Plus we have a brand spanking new addition to the prize! Three months access to our exclusive Members’ Club!
As a team of conscious fashion obsessives and design graduates ourselves, the Offset Warehouse team has first-hand experience of trying to source ethical and sustainable fabrics for final collections; high costs, huge minimum orders – why is it so hard to get your hands on sustainable fabrics?!
At Offset Warehouse, however, we offer one metre minimums, swatches and affordable prices on our exquisite and constantly-evolving selection of conscious fabrics. Talented young designers can be instrumental in shaping the future of the design industries for the better. Fresh new designs combined with an understanding of what the modern conscious consumer demands will equip graduates with a double USP (unique selling point) on your collection! We want to support you in that endeavour, and that’s why we set up our annual Student Sponsorship competition.
Last year’s winner, the talented winner Elizabeth Walkling:
The Competition: Eco Designer Of The Future 2018
We want to find and support the best of the best from final year students, so we are running a public competition to narrow down the hopefuls for our Eco Designer Of The Future Award.
Sponsorship Application – How Does It Work?
Our sponsorship application is simple – Offset Warehouse aims to make incorporating sustainable textiles as easy as possible for every designer. No endless forms and nerve-wracking pitches from us!
- Submit to us just one design that uses fabrics from Offset Warehouse Collection.
- Include a maximum of 200 words describing the design and what fabrics you’ve chosen and why.
- Any format is acceptable: a digitally rendered design, annotated drawings or a moodboard. The more creative and individual it is, the better!
- Don’t panic it doesn’t have to be part of your final collection, you aren’t tied down to making the exact design you submit. We just want to see a flavour of who you are and what you could do with our fabrics!
We will narrow down a shortlist of our favourite designs.
The shortlist will be put to a public vote via our Facebook page to find our number one designer! This is an exciting stage in itself because all shortlisted designers will get to see how our audience respond to their ideas – always a valuable experience in the growth of a designer, and makes the sponsorship application process really worthwhile even if you don’t make the final selections.
We prefer this public voting system, as we believe consumer (public) influence is a strong force in promoting sustainable and ethical fashion. Consumer-designer feedback is the way forward and gets your name out there to a whole host of eco ethusisasts.
If you’re one of our lucky runners-up, you will receive 10% off all of your orders for an entire year, and one months free access to The Members’ Club! Plus invaluable promotion of your conscious designs through our social media pages. We have a diverse audience including some real industry stars who always have an eye close to the ground for emerging conscious design talent.
The overall winner will receive a £100 Offset Warehouse voucher redeemable on any of our ethical fabrics and 20% off all orders for an entire year! Plus, once you’ve finished your degree, we’ll offer you dedicated promotion through all our social media channels including our network of hundreds of industry insiders, getting your designs in front of big, industry names! We will also offer you three months free entry to the exclusive Members’ Club so that you can really learn more about sustainable design and business.
The Members’ Club is a platform filled with incredible, valuable information from industry leaders and experts, to help ethical fashion entrepreneurs thrive and succeed.
THE SMALL PRINT
WHO CAN ENTER?
Any designer who is working on their Final Major Project and wants to use our carefully sourced and masterfully produced Offset Warehouse fabrics can make a sponsorship application. (Students in other years, you’ll have to wait your turn, but make sure you’re on our mailinglist so you don’t miss your year!)
No specific restrictions on course if want to use eco fabrics you can enter.
We will be looking out for interesting and innovative use of our fabrics and a clear focus on sustainable and ethical concerns.
HOW TO ENTER YOUR SPONSORSHIP APPLICATION
1. Submit your design as a jpg via email to [email protected] (no larger than 3mb please).
2. Use the subject line: “Student Sponsorship Application”.
3. Include your name, University, course and 200 word max. statement in the body of the email! NOT as an attachment.
Deadline: Monday 12th February 2018, 9am
The final winner will be chosen in mid February.
We totally understand the stress involved in the final year of your course, that’s why we’ve kept our entry requirements so small.
We also know you may not want to ‘give away’ your amazing design concept before you’ve finished, that’s why the design doesn’t have to be strictly something that’s going to be in your final collection. Just give us a flavour of who you are as a designer and why you are going to be our Eco Designer of the Future for 2018! We also know that your designs are likely to change, so please don’t worry if the exact fabrics you mention in your submission don’t end up in your final collection.
By entering your sponsorship application you are giving us permission to use your imagery on promoting the competition and thereafter. You still own the rights to the design.
The promotion after the competition is completely dependant on you keeping in touch with us about your ongoing progress, we can only promote you if we know what you’re doing!
We know the time when you finish your degree can be a complete whirlwind so you can choose when to start your access to The Members Club -from the first day you log in you will have 1 – 3 months to read and asborb as much as you can.
If you’ve already bought a lot of the Offset Warehouse fabrics for your project, or need to buy them before the deadline we can negotiate reimbursing you for the £100 if you win.
The discounts will run for exactly one year on the day the winners have been announced.