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Are you New Lanark’s next textile star? World Heritage Site launches unique design competition

The exhibition includes over 200 rare pieces and opens on Friday 26 January 

New Lanark is on the lookout for budding designers to commission a special textile print celebrating the World Heritage Site as part of its Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol exhibition, which launches later this month.

The touring show from the Fashion and Textile Museum in London traces the history of 20th century art and textiles with highlights including prints from the work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

To celebrate the arrival of the exhibition - which opens on Friday 26 January - and the village’s textile production history, the World Heritage Site is 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 and industrial heritage, textile production, New Lanark’s unique architecture, natural surroundings and the Falls of Clyde.

Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread throughout 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.

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.

The World Heritage Site will work with the overall winner to incorporate the winning pattern into a range of promotional textile items to be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop.

The winner will also receive a place on a specialist workshop at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, as well as Remnant Kings fabric vouchers, a framed copy of print and complimentary passes to the Picasso to Warhol exhibition and the New Lanark Visitor Attraction. There will also be an under 16 winner and runner up prizes.

Entries close on Sunday 11 February and you can submit your work by clicking here.