Voting is now open for The Memphis Brooks Museum’s African-Print Design Contest.
Memphis Brooks Museum is partnering with Spoonflower, a North Carolina-based company, to host an African-Print Design Challenge that incorporates the repeating design style of African print. The challenge draws inspiration from the museum’s next exhibition, African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style.
Participants were asked to design a textile that highlights the dynamic traditions of bold and colorful patterns found in African dress. The winning textile design will be featured during the exhibition opening on February 23rd. The winner will receive $200 of Spoondollars and a $500 prize from the Brooks Museum.
You can vote now through January 9th for your favorite design, then a jury of local fashion designers, makers, and Brooks Museum staff will choose the grand prize winner from the top 25 designs. The winning design will be announced January 11.
For the second part of the challenge, designers will use the winning textile to create an original fashion design. They must purchase the winning textile directly from Spoonflower. Designers can submit their entries from February 27 – May 6 at brooksmuseum.org. The winning fashion design will be announced during Spoonflower’s June Community Day and exhibited at the Brooks from June 15 through August 12. The winner will also receive a $500 prize.