Call for Designs

Are you a professional designer, or a secret fashion designer in your spare time who is looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? Now is your chance. With all of these wonderful donated materials, we'd like to get more creative with what we make. We are looking to you, or someone you know, for inspired new designs.

Contest Details - win $150

  • Enter the contest by October 30, 2018. You can enter by either sending us an email to info@refugeesarts.org, or by entering the form on our website at https://refugeesarts.org/pages/call-for-designs. For email entries, the email should be titled "Design Contest Entry" and the contents should include your Name, Email, Phone Number, and Address. 
  • You will receive a packet of fabric, leather straps, ribbons, buttons, zippers, and other pieces to work from.
  • Provide sketches of your creative bag or fashion accessory using only these materials. It can be a larger bag, small pouch, or other fashion accessory of generally any size, but it should be easily reproduced with similar materials. Our one restriction is that it cannot be clothing. The sketches should include a frontback, and inside view. Sketches can be in black and white, but color is preferred, and material suggestions should ideally be noted (see the example sketch below). 
  • If you have the skills, you may sew your own sample, but it isn't required. We can loan a sewing machine for 4 days for this purpose locally in the Seattle area on a limited basis (with a $75 deposit that will be returned when the machine is returned). 
  • Send your final designs to us by December 30, 2018.
  • Winners: We will pick up to 5 winning designs. 1st place will receive $150 and be promoted in our marketing materials and on our website. The other winners will receive a completed item of their design and we will produce your designs and give you design credit on the label, site and in marketing materials. 

    *Limit of ten designs per entrant. There is no cost to enter. Contest entries must be received by 11:59PM PST November 1, 2018, and FINAL DESIGNS must be received by 11:59PM PST December 1, 2018. If you live in the Seattle area, we can bring the materials to you upon request so that you can have your choice of materials to use. Entrants outside of the Seattle area will have a standard materials packet sent to them by mail.