I'm trying to convince my cousin to set up a blog. her interests lies more with a fusion of fashion and textile design. she likes to sketching out fashion looks that are heavily centered round surface design such as embroidery and beading and then gets creative by sewing up samples of how the fabric might look. her only problem is that she struggles to come up with regular topics so I suggested using competitions as a way of providing inspiration and challenging herself regardless as to whether she enters them or not.
These are some of the ones I recommended to her...
Tigerprint is a company that is based in the U.K and was set up by a group of people who design card and gift wrap for M&S stores.
Each month a competition brief is released that gives everyone a chance to have a go at designing artwork for them with a chance to win £200 and a possible placement at their studio. pretty impressive huh!
and to get a feel for what designs they pick you can also look at past entries and read about the competition winners
More of a challenge than a competition and although it's drawing based you could still use the topic to get creative in a sewing way!
There are plenty of competitions across the board with this one. From designers to film makers, musicians to artists. The downside is you have to sign up, but the company is aimed at getting artists out there and giving people the option to have their work seen and collaborate with people regardless if they have a professional back ground or not!
If you know any other design based company's that offer challenges or competition leave them in the comments section and I'll be sure to check them out!