Textile Design Competition
Enter your textile design for a chance to launch your own affinity bedding collection with LeighDeux!
LeighDeux is looking for the next generation of textile designers. We are a unique bedding company based in Charlotte North Carolina, and we specialize in chic bedding products for home and dorm. We design and manufacture our line of textiles that are digitally printed and made into duvets, pillows, shams and bed skirts. The goal of this competition is to promote inspiring new design trends. Designs should be intended for home and/or dorm furnishing fabrics and will be digitally printed. Compete for the cash prizes, exciting professional development, and networking opportunities.
ELIGIBILITY/FORMAT - STUDENT COMPETITION
Participation is open to all students of college-level art, textiles and design in North America. There is $35 entry fee per design and students may submit up to (5) designs. The entry requires a presentation board with design swatch and mapping onto the bedding products. A bedding board template will be provided to all entrants and all designs should be submitted in TIFF or JPEG format with a minimum DPI of 150 and maximum DPI of 300.
ELIGIBILITY/FORMAT - PRO COMPETITION
Participation is open to all professional textile designers. There is $100 entry fee per design and you may submit up to (5) designs. The entry requires a presentation board with design swatch and mapping onto the bedding products. A bedding board template will be provided to all entrants and all designs should be submitted in TIFF or JPEG format with a minimum DPI of 150 and maximum DPI of 300.
STEPS TO ENTRY
Design shows originality and creativity
Overall appeal of the design and its friendliness for application on bedding
Ease with which the design could be produced and appeal to a consumer market
Ability to communicate the design concept (including mood, proportions, scale) and fabric appearance
(i.e., texture and utilization) through illustration
Design reflects current consumer taste levels for color, texture, and detailing
PRIZES - STUDENT COMPETITION
PRIZES - PRO COMPETITION
COMPETITION GUIDELINES & IMPORTANT DATES
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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WIN?
Wesley Mancini is a dominant force in the field of fabric design in America. His heritage makes him a “true American designer” as he is one of only 300 members of the “Sons of the American Colonists” whose American ancestry is documented back prior to 1776.
Wesley’s undergraduate work was done at Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), and he received his MFA in Fabric Design from the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1980, he received a “National Endowment for the Arts” (NEA) grant for his hand woven upholstery fabric designs. His fiber art work was included at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City in the Young American Exhibition, and in a traveling exhibition called “Textiles for the Eighties” sponsored by the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, and in the prestigious exhibition, “Hot House: Expanding the field of fiber” at Cranbrook, 1970-2007.
In 1983, Wesley Mancini Ltd. was incorporated as a textile design firm, and thus began the brand “Home Fabrics by Wesley Mancini.” His studio employs artists, fabrics designers, colorists, CAD editors and support staff. His residential fabric designs are currently woven by Valdese Weavers, outdoor fabrics by Al Fresco (both woven domestically), and hand knotted and machine made rugs with Due Process Stable Trading Company.
Products designed by Wesley Mancini Ltd. can be found in almost every major department store or home specialty retailer in the United States and abroad.
Wesley travels extensively throughout the world to keep his finger on the pulse of design and garners professional and personal inspiration in his journeys. His line has twice been included in “Metropolitan Home” magazine’s “Design 100” issue as being one of the top 100 design resources available globally.
Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is an renown interior designer, blogger, influencer and style maven. Her elegant, eclectic and colorful designs can be found in homes across the east coast. With a lifelong passion for the arts, Holly has a strong educational love for antiques and the history of the decorative arts led her to this business.
Holly’s early design experience includes working with Alexandra Stoddard and Sotheby’s – both in New York City. Holly completed a Mint Museum Senior Study and worked at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. After College, Holly lived in London while completing Sotheby’s 17th and 18th century decorative arts program. She has also completed The Winter institute at Winterthur, which provided a deep exposure one of the most complete collections of American Antiques in existence. Her first “professional” job was with Travis & Company in Atlanta where she ran the Antiques side of the showroom. In 1999, Holly joined her mother full time at the English Room in Charlotte, NC. Her educational background includes a degree in Art History from Rollins College and a degree in Interior Design from the American College.
She has been featured in Southern Accents, Southern Living, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Home Design & Decor, Urban Home, Southpark Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens Windows and Walls. Follow her on Instagram @theenglishroom
Sean Gibbons is CEO of STI based in Kings Mountain, NC. Gibbons joined the small family-owned weaving mill in 1993, and transformed it from a factory specializing in transportation fabrics, into a company producing a full line of decorative residential textiles. The transportation division was sold to La France Mills in 2005 so STI could focus entirely on its decorative fabric business. STI is now the largest producer of residential upholstery fabric in America.
In addition to STI, Sean and his wife Lisa have founded a number of other textile companies. In 2000 they founded Phoenix Trim Works, a manufacturer of decorative trimming products in Williamsport, PA. In 2005, they founded Muebletex, S.A., a cut and sew factory based in Nicaragua whose clients include Crate and Barrel, William Sonoma and Bassett. In 2006, they founded Source Asia, Ltd. a Shanghai-based sourcing company supplying textiles to US furniture manufacturers.
In 2013 STI acquired Brentwood Textiles to introduce a luxury brand with production both in North Carolina and in Turkey. Sales at Brentwood have increased over 400% since the acquisition. In 2014 STI created Revolution Performance Fabrics and have expanded beyond B to B with the addition of direct to consumer sales via revolutionfabricsbytheyard.com. Revolution is now the largest indoor performance fabric brand in the US. In 2018 STI will acquire Magnolia Home Fashions, a producer of printed fabrics located in Atlanta, GA.
Gibbons graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in History, focusing on economic history, with a concentration in Philosophy. Gibbons is highly engaged in the design of the STIs fabric line, and he maintains a creative role even as CEO.
Leigh Goodwyn is the founder and CEO of LeighDeux. LeighDeux was launched in 2013 after Goodwyn’s oldest daughter had difficulty sourcing chic bedding in the XL twin size. Recognizing a demand for upscale dorm furnishings and the challenges of living in a small space, LeighDeux offers beautiful and functional bedding and soft goods. Looking to achieve the sophistication of custom fabrics, Goodwyn founded LeighDeux with a line of diginitally printed textiles manufactured in the Carolinas. Originally conceived for students living on campus, the LeighDeux collections are now widely sought after for everyday home. LeighDeux’s collection have been featured in O Magazine, Better Homes & Garden Magazine, The Washington Post, and numerous regional publications and design blogs.
Goodwyn is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Media and Journalism, where she remains actively engaged as a member of various boards. She developed the LeighDeux for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund in The Shuford School of Entrepreneurship and provides two scholarships per year for deserving young women pursuing entrepreneurial efforts. In 2016 she developed and funded the new FashionMash program in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Goodwyn is a 20 year veteran of television network marketing, having served as Head of International Marketing for Discovery Networks and in various marketing positions with Turner Broadcasting, Inc.
THE LEGAL STUFF
The winning fee is a time limited licensing fee for five years. By submitting your design to this competition we do not own it, unless you win! But it should not be submitted to any other competitions. Buy signing our release when you register, you consent to send us a unique design that has never been used before and is not currently being produced anywhere else in the marketplace.