We The Makers Design Festival

A UNESCO City of Design festival, We The Makers is a major new biennial Design Festival from the National Wool Museum in Geelong that showcases the work of makers, designers and artists.

Building upon the success of the long running Scarf Festival©, We The Makers Design Festival invites makers, designers and artists to exhibit (and sell) items of headwear, neckwear (scarves), bodywear and footwear at the Festival.

Entry is free – with a “Makers Marketplace” showcasing established makers, designers and artists to those just starting out and a “Designer Showcase” highlighting the work of emerging and professional fashion designers. 

All participants are to respond to the Festival's 2020 theme:  ‘Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion’.

With major cash prizes and professional development opportunities up for grabs – now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to make!

Makers Marketplace - are you a maker?

People of all backgrounds, ages and abilities are encouraged to apply - from established makers, designers and artists to those just starting out.

All entries will be in the running to win a number of prizes and awards, to be announced closer to the Festival opening.

You are invited to make an item of headwear, neckwear (including scarves), bodywear or footwear.

Entries are to respond to the Festival theme - ‘Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion’. Items submitted can be sold. All entries must fit into one of the following seven categories:

  1. Wool - Showing an item made with 100% wool.
  2. Innovation - Showing an innovative use of materials.
  3. Modern - Showing the use of modern technology.
  4. Tradition - Showing the use of traditional making practice.
  5. Storyline - Tell us a story with your making.
  6. Emerging maker - All those entrants 13-18 years old.
  7. Young maker - All those entrants under 12 years old.

In the Makers Marketplace, submissions will be exhibited in a gallery space at the National Wool Museum. Entries will be displayed in a “shop-style” hanging format (unless/until sold). It is hoped that all entries will be showcased, however, the National Wool Museum reserves the right to limit the number of showcased entries.

The Makers Marketplace is a space where we celebrate the community and the handmade. All entries must have been made by the entrant.

Entry to the Makers Marketplace is free. A maximum of two items can be entered per entrant. However, an entrant can only submit one work in a specified category.

Working within the Festival theme “Design for the Future”, a range of prizes will be awarded for those judged the best maker for each of the seven categories. Keep a close eye on our Facebook page or e-newsletter for details of prizes.


Honouring the scarf

We the Makers builds upon the huge success and popularity of the Scarf Festival©. The National Wool Museum maintains its passion and dedication to the Scarf Festival©. We The Makers will once again #CelebrateTheScarf – with all scarves entered into We The Makers Design Festival eligible to win the official “Scarf of the Year” award alongside other prizes. 


How to participate

  1. Make: Make a piece of headwear, neckwear, bodywear, or footwear, that responds to the festival theme and that fits within one of the seven categories. 
  2. Enter: Complete the entry form (online or in person), remember to include details of your entry, your sale price, a completed tax invoice and specify the category that your item fits into.
  3. Post: Send in your entry to the National Wool Museum.
  4. Visit: Bring your friends and loved ones to see the Makers Marketplace. Al makers are eligible for a (one-use) free pass to the Festival.

Key dates

Entries open and accepted: 1 February 2020
Entries close: 1 April 2020
Festival opening and awards: 14 May 2020
Festival opens: 15 May 2020
Festival closes: 4 October 2020


Eligibility and entry fees

The Makers Marketplace is open to all ages, backgrounds and abilities. All entries must be unique and made by the entrant. Interstate and international entries are welcome. International entrants are required to cover the cost of returning their items. National Wool Museum will contact you at the close of the exhibition to arrange this.


There are no entry fees to the Makers Marketplace. Please note: to cover administrative costs, the National Wool Museum will take 30% from the sale of each item. We highly encourage all entrants to offer their items for sale. Items that do not sell will be returned to makers.

 

Sign up for the National Wool Museum email newsletter via our website to learn about prizes/awards for We the Makers Design Festival as they are announced - and start making!


Designer Showcase - Are you a professional or emerging fashion designer?

The National Wool Museum is proud to announce a major Designer Showcase as part of We The Makers Design Festival.

This showcase will feature the work of 20 top professional and emerging fashion designers from across Australia and around the world - whose work responds to the We The Makers Festival's theme:“Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion”.

Each entrant is required to enter a “look” (head to toe) that responds to the festival theme. Entries will be judged on their ability to design and redefine sustainable and ethical textiles.

Entrants are encouraged to respond to one or more of the of the following categories: Material Innovation, Circular Process Innovation, Design Innovation, Business Innovation.

All entries must be available to be showcased at the National Wool Museum for the entirety of the We the Makers Design Festival (15 May to 4 October 2020). The top twenty entries will be selected and invited to take part in the Designer Showcase. No items will be for sale. Designers are responsible for transport of garments to and from the Museum.

Designers selected into the Designer Showcase go in the running to win major cash prizes and professional development opportunities - to be announced later in 2019.


How to enter

  1. Make: Make one “look” head to toe that responds to the Festival theme. 
  2. Document: Remember that we are all makers, so part of the entry must include a short video (up to 60 sec) and 3 high-res “work in progress” images.
  3. Enter: Complete the entry form and submit it online along with the requested supporting materials, including images, videos and descriptions.
  4. Wait: First round judging will take place to select the top twenty entries that will go in the running for cash prizes.
  5. Send: Upon hearing from the National Wool Museum send in your entry to the National Wool Museum.
  6. Celebrate: Come to the We the Makers launch on 14 May 2020 to see if you become Designer of the Year.

Key dates

Entries open: 25 November 2019
Entries close: 2 March 2020
First round judging of online entries: 9 March 2020
Top twenty entrants notified: 16 March 2020
Final date for delivery of top twenty entries: 6 April 2020
Festival opening and awards: 14 May 2020
Festival opens: 15 May 2020
Festival closes: 4 October 2020


Entry fees

There are no entry fees for the Designer Showcase. However, all entries must be available to be exhibited at the National Wool Museum for the entire duration of the We The Makers Design Festival.

All entrants must cover the cost of postage to the National Wool Museum for the exhibition.

The National Wool Museum will cover the postage for the return of items.

More information, including information about major cash prizes and professional development awards coming soon. Sign up for the National Wool Museum email newsletter for updates - and start making...





Page last updated: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

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