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Design Challenge - Architectural Details

11 May 2017 08:10

I went on a photowalk a couple of weeks ago, organised by Kate Marsden of Made by Mrs M, walking through the City of London and the Barbican.

The City, of course is very old, and although much of it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, there are odd glimpses that pre-date the fire, and a great deal from the years soon after that.

Part of the old  (Roman) city wall

 But there's also a lot in the way of much newer building, especially immediately post-war and this century.

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Quite a lot of the the new is in close proximity to the old, making for some interesting views.

What has all this to do with fabric design?

Many of the older buildings are beautifully decorated with carved stone murals

and beautiful doorways - and door furniture.

Whilst the newer buildings, especially more recently, create interest in the alignment of windows, or added architectural details.

There are so many patterns on view that it can be quite overwhelming!

For this month's design challenge, I'd like you to create a fabric design based on one, or more, of the architectural details in the photos below:



Please upload your challenge designs to your account on our website.  If you haven’t already got an account, it’s simple to set up.  You just need an email address, password and name, which can be your own name, a nickname or a business name.  (You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you try to save your design.)  Then email me at, to tell me the name of your account and design.  (So I can find the right one!)  This is the name you use on your account, please.  Without it, it takes a long time to find your details.  You may include your inspiration photo, too.  You may also upload your design to our Facebook page.  I will put any not already uploaded onto Facebook after the closing date.   In case you're wondering about the order in which designs are listed on Facebook, the first to arrive in my inbox goes at the top, with the rest listed in the order in which they are sent in.   We may select one or two to put into our competition winners slot.

 So, the challenge is:  Create a design suitable for printing on fabric based on 'Architectural details', as found in the 6 photos above.

Technical matters:

Your design should be at a resolution of at least 150 dpi, but not more than 300, using RGB colour space.

When it comes to printing, the repeat options are:  Straight, Centre, Half-drop, Half-brick and Mirror.  Once you’ve uploaded your design to our website, you can play around with the repeats to see which one will look best.  For pictures of what the different repeats look like, check this blog post.

To take part:

Upload your design onto our website by Tuesday, May 23rd, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.  You can also say a little about the inspiration behind your design, if you wish.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, May 23rd, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook and on the blog.  Any designs uploaded to Facebook after the closing date may be removed.

By entering, you agree to our challenge terms and conditions.

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on the theme 'Architectural details'. ‘Your own work’ means any form of original art work, photography, etc which you have produced. Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions or challenges.

All entries will be displayed, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the challenge, you give us the right to use your design in any way we wish on our web site and social media, for advertising purposes.

All designs entered into the challenge will be made public on our web site without charge and will be available for sale.   The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!