Essay on the Benefits of Entering Competitions Whilst Studying for a Degree in Textiles.

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Research the benefits of entry into competitions within your specialist area whilst also reflecting on your experiences in completing this live brief, How has competition entry affected your professional practice through this module?

In this essay I will research the benefits of entering competitions whilst completing a textile degree and what can be gained from this in the long run. I will also document how I found completing this live brief to competition standard, especially for such a highly regarded company such as Hand and Lock. My knowledge of competition entering within our field was admittedly poor before receiving the brief for this project. At first I didn't really see the point in paying twenty three pounds just to have your work evaluated and more than likely sent back by such a prestigious company, but as the brief went on and I researched such benefits, it became clear how important doing this was. The main reason being because I think it gives you a chance to really promote yourself as a professional and capable textile designer, as well as a committed student. You also must work to the high standards set by previous competitors. I think working like this, where you know the competition standard is very high, is extremely beneficial to your work ethic as it gives you a taste for working in industry as well as working to your highest standard possible.

I think the hand and lock brief in particular was so fabulously diverse, there really wasn't any room to go wrong with it. It was easy to understand and fairly simple to chose from the subheadings underneath the overall title of Buntys old drawers. One such heading happened to be the loosely named, 'For fun' The brief I ended up choosing which focused on 'ombre Chantilly lace and anatomic pin-tucks in guepiere mood' among other tantalising and evocative words. I was drawn to this brief by the sumptuous and elegant wording and the images that appeared in my mind whilst reading it. My work...
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