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Design Challenge - Shakespeare

07 April 2016 08:00

Unless you never read a newspaper or watch TV, or don't live in Britain, you probably know that this year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.  Since both his birth and his death are commemmorated in April, it seemed appropriate that this month's design challenge should have a Shakespearean theme.

You can create your design around the man himself,

his home

and work, life and times, or one of his plays (or sonnets) or characters.  You can stick with a picture-based design or use some of his words.  I love the story of the American visitor who was asked what he thought of a performance of Hamlet he'd just seen.  'It was OK', he said, 'but it was full of clichés!'  

I wonder if there are any adults in this country who can't quote a bit of Shakespeare, even if they don't know who wrote it??  Surely everyone knows 'To be or not to be', if nothing else?  Which is your favourite quotation?  And favourite play?  (If you've never seen Shakespeare acted, I would highly recommend a visit to The Globe if you can.  Their performances are brilliant, and you almost feel part of the action - especially if you're brave enough to stand in the yard.)


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!)  I will then put them onto Facebook.  We may select one or two to put into our competition winners slot.  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.

 So, the challenge is:  Create a design suitable for printing on fabric based on 'Shakespeare'.

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, April 19th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, April 19th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook and on the blog.

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 Shakespeare. ‘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.

All entries will be displayed, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the competition, 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!