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Textile Print Competition

Textile Print Competition

New Lanark is an 18th century former cotton-spinning Mill Village and one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread through New Lanark’s history, from the village’s early years as the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, to now producing over 60 shades of high-quality woollen yarn using historic textile machinery and launching the world’s first Organic Tartan in 2015.

Through an exciting new partnership, New Lanark will be hosting a prominent touring exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museumfrom 26 January - 29 April 2018. ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with highlights including prints of work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

To celebrate the arrival of ARTIST TEXTILES and the village’s textile production history, New Lanark are launching a design competition to commission a special ‘New Lanark’ textile print, to incorporate into a new range of promotional merchandise which will be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop.

The textile print should be an all over repeat pattern that embodies the theme of ‘Living and Working at New Lanark’. This theme can incorporate a number of topics such as the village’s social history & industrial heritage, textile production, New Lanark’s unique architecture, natural surroundings and the Falls of Clyde landscape. This is a non-exhaustive list and entrants are encouraged to be inspired by conducting their own research into New Lanark by visiting the village or viewing content on New Lanark's social media channels: & as well as using this DropBox folder for visual inspiration.

The colour scheme should be inspired by the brand colours listed in the New Lanark Brand Guidelines.

The competition is open to the general public, design students and existing designers. In conjunction with the Year of Young People 2018, New Lanark would be particularly interested to see entries from aspiring designers and young creatives and as such have designated an ‘Under 16’ prize category.

Entries are encouraged to be as creative as possible, whilst keeping in mind the commercial viability of the design and its appeal to New Lanark visitors including international tourists, visitors from elsewhere in Scotland and the local community.





• New Lanark will work with the overall winner incorporate the winning pattern into a range of promotional textile items to be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop.
• Place on a specialist workshop at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (Travel and accommodation NOT included). The winner will choose from ‘Couture Inside Out’ OR ‘Fashion Drawing’. Further details on the workshops are included under the Terms and Conditions below.
• £50 textile supply vouchers.
• Framed copy of print.
• Complimentary passes to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol and the New Lanark Visitor Attraction.

UNDER-16 WINNER: £50 art supply vouchers.  Framed copy of print. Complimentary passes to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol and the New Lanark Visitor Attraction.  Entrant’s design may also be considered for incorporation into a range of promotional textile items to be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop.

OVERALL RUNNER UP: Framed copy of print. Family pass to the New Lanark Visitor Attraction. Entry to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol.

UNDER-16 RUNNER UP: Framed copy of print. Family pass to the New Lanark Visitor Attraction. Entry to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol.






  • Submitted artwork must be the entrant’s original, unpublished work which does not breach anyone else’s copyright. Work that has already for sale or has been sold to another party cannot be submitted. By entering the competition you confirm this and accept liability for any copyright breaches.
  • Each entrant may submit up to three entries. If an individual submits more than three entries only the first three will be considered valid entries.
  • Entrants must live in the UK or Ireland. Any entrants younger than 16 must supplement their entry with written permission from their parent of guardian confirming their agreement with the competition T&Cs. 
  • Artwork must be submitted as a JPEG at 1000px x 1000px, 72 DPI. (Entrants MUST retain their original artwork at 300 DPI in case their design is selected as one of the winners).
  • The colour profile must be CMYK and use the CMYK codes listed in the New Lanark Brand Guidelines - click here to view.
  • By entering the competition you give New Lanark Trust permission to publish your design on their websites, social media, in press and in print.
  • The competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 25th February 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The winners will be chosen by a voting panel of judges, the judge’s decisions are final.
  • Only successful entrants will be contacted.

Year of Young People 2018


Dates are TBC, but will be from February 9th – September 23rd 2018:

Couture Inside Out

Session time: 1.5 hours

Join Curator Dennis Nothdruft for an up-close and intimate look at key highlights from the Fashion and Textile Museum Collection. A rare opportunity to view the ins and outs of couture construction. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the internal structure and sewing techniques of couture garments from Dior, Chanel and Balenciaga.


Fashion Drawing

Session time: 3 hours

Take this opportunity to learn fashion drawing skills from the Museum’s curator and author of the bestselling book How to Draw like a Fashion Designer, Dennis Nothdruft. In this 3 hour drawing class learn and explore the basics of fashion drawing using simple but effective techniques on croquis to enable you to produce your ideas onto paper. Drawing skills are a must for any fashion designer wishing to express their ideas and an essential tool in the design process. In the world of computers drawing by hand is still advocated by top fashion designers as a starting point for any collection. The class includes the opportunity to discuss hints and tips over a cup of tea with Dennis.


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