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ExhibitionWales Colleges Competition Exhibition

12 November 201315 January 2014
Cost Free
Suitability All

The National Wool Museum, The Welsh Quilt Centre and Cardigan Castle joined forces to invite students to submit work for an exciting competition based on the theme of ‘Journeys’.

Taking inspiration from the three venues - the buildings themselves, associated history, the historic collections and their stories - the students were invited to submit a piece of work for exhibition during 2013.


Following a period of research, you have the option of producing work for ONE of the following TWO categories.


Design a blanket to commemorate CardiganCastle’s opening in 2014. This blanket will be for sale at the Castle shop and placed also in the self catering cottages. You will need to take inspiration from the three venues based on the theme of Journeys, to create a contemporary design through generating a mood board, finished design or woven sample, while exploring different colourways. If your work is selected you will get the opportunity to work with a textile specialist to get your blanket in to production.


Design a commercial product, such as a scarf or handkerchief to sell at all three shops. You will need to take inspiration from the three venues based on theme of Journeys, to create a contemporary design. This product will need to be commercially viable and suitable for sale in all shops and must be suitable for batch production. The product should complement the existing range of goods currently for sale at the shops. To be considered for this award you must clearly communicate via your statement your target customer, method and cost of manufacture, materials choice, total cost price, retail price-point, margin and packaging.

The submitted work needed to be accompanied by a written statement of no more than 250 words, outlining how the student was inspired by the three venues and explaining the conceptual rationale behind how they approached the Journeys theme. They also need to explain their preferred method of display.

Welsh textiles are highly evocative of our heritage; explore shapes and colour found in architecture, machinery, materials, pattern and texture to generate a contemporary design on the theme of Journeys.   

This brief is open to any art, design, craft or architecture student in a WelshCollege or University.




Welsh Quilts; Jen Jones

Welsh Quilting Pattern and Design Handbook; Marjorie Horton published by Jen Jones

The Welsh Woollen Industy; J.Geraint Jenkins, 1969         

The Textiles of Wales; Ann Sutton

Pais a Becon, Gwn stwff a Het Silc, Traditional Welsh Costume in 19th century Anglesey; Huw Roberts, Oriel Ynys Môn.

Various Kaffe Fassett publications.

Drefach Felindre and the Woollen Industry; J.Geraint Jenkins, 2005, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch

The Flannel Makers: A Brief History of the Welsh Woollen Industry; J.Geraint Jenkins, 2005, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch

From Fleece to Fabric; 2009, NationalMuseumWales

Margo Selby - Colour and Texture in Weaving

 Jennifer Moore - Doubleweave:The Weaver's Studio

Warp & Weft: Woven Textiles in Fashion, Art and Interiors;  Jessica Hemmings, 2012 Bloomsbury

 Contemporary Weaving Patterns; Margo Selby, 2012 A&C Black

Hand Weaving and Cloth Design; Marianne Straub, 1977 Pelham Books

Ideas in Weaving; Ann Sutton and Diane Sheehan, 1989, Interweave Press (and any other Ann Sutton books)

On Weaving; Anni Albers, 1965, Studio Vista Ltd

The Handweavers Pattern Book: The essential Guide to over 600 fabric weaves;  Anne Dixon, 2007 A&C Black

There is a library and archive at the National Wool Museum which you are welcome to visit, booking essential.

Prizes will be awarded at the exhibition launch in November.

The prize for the first section of the competition will be to have their blanket put in to production and

First Prize:     £150 voucher

Second Prize: £100 voucher

Third Prize:    £50 voucher

The prize for the commercial product will be to have your work put in to production and

First Prize:     £150 voucher

Second Prize: £100 voucher

Third Prize:    £50 voucher

NB copyright of this chosen design to be put into production would transfer to the National Museum Wales upon presentation of the prize and no further payment will be made.


The competition judges will be:


Jen Jones, The Welsh Quilt Centre

 Phil Smith, Chief Executive of Enterprises, NationalMuseumWales

 Jo Collins, Commercial Manager Enterprises, NationalMuseumWales

 Ann Whittall, Museum Manager, NationalWoolMuseum

 Joanna Thomas, Learning Officer, NationalWoolMuseum.

Raymond Jones, Melin Teifi

Jann Tucker, CardiganCastle


Exhibition dates: At intervals at the three venues between September to December 2013.


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