Call for Entries

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Call for Entries: Cotton = High Tech+ High Design is a juried competition and exhibition centered on cotton and its application in textiles in terms of design and technology. The exhibition of accepted work will take place in NC’s most visited museum, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in December.

Entries in several forms are sought for the competition, in each of the following categories:

1. Designed fabrics and/or objects: These can be fabric samples, products made from cotton fabrics, garments, accessories, etc. but they must be cotton or cotton rich (60% or more cotton). The cotton must be visible in any products, cotton linings or fillings do not satisfy the cotton requirement.

2. Cotton, Design and Technology “Stories” – visual presentations, such as videos or self-running slide presentations, examining an innovative cotton technology, designed fabrics, and products. Stories should showcase a cotton feature or technology aspect of growing, processing, spinning, coloring, producing fabric and products, finishing, etc. Some possible formats for submitted stories include Posters, Videos, Powepoint or Image slide shows (self-running), and Visual exhibits. These must be suitable for the public including children, who don’t know as much as you do about cotton, and present some aspect of cotton to others in a visual way.

3. Hands-on tabletop exhibits for selected dates/times coinciding with the exhibit early December at the museum allowing visitors to see, touch, explore, observe, or otherwise experience some aspects of cotton. Example ideas: Cotton fiber processing with samples of raw fiber, sliver, and yarn. Woven fabric display with magnifying glass to view different weave or knit structures. Samples of mercerized and unmercerized cotton yarn to compare. Examples of naturally colored cotton and background on them, etc. These must be suitable for the public, including children, who don’t know as much as you do about cotton, and present some aspect of cotton to others in a hands-on way.

4. Workshops for selected dates/times coinciding with the exhibit early December at the museum.
These also should be hands on but will be in a lab space, so can be “wet” activities.
Example ideas: Looking at cotton fiber under a microscope, dyeing cotton or cotton yarn, dyeing multifiber strips and cotton samples, etc. These must be suitable for the public, including children, and present some aspect of cotton to others in a hands-on way.

Eligibility: To be eligible to compete you must be an undergraduate or graduate student at The College of Textiles. All submissions must be created during 2015 at The College of Textiles. Limited funds are available to support execution of accepted stories, tabletop exhibits, and workshops. Contact Dr. Traci Lamar (traci_lamar@ncsu.edu) or Professor Nancy Powell (nbpowel3@ncsu.edu) for assistance with any funding, contacts or resources.

Awards: $5000 in prize money will be awarded to finalists. Industry professionals and museum personnel will serve as jurors for the competition.

Timeline and Deadlines: (present in writing with visuals to illustrate).

October 26th:
1. Intent to enter form for designed objects and fabrics category due.

2. Completed cotton and technology stories due.

3. Written proposals for tabletop exhibits due.

4. Written proposals for workshops due. November 24th:

November 30:
1. Designed fabrics or objects due.

2. Completed tabletop exhibits due, set up for final review and jurying.

3. Completed workshops due, set up for final review and jurying.

December 5th: Exhibit of designed objects and stories opens, afternoon table top exhibits and workshops

December 7th, evening: Award Ceremony