Here’s a really fun competition you might be interested in getting in on if you’re a designer. Uncommon Goods, which is a really awesome online/catalog store featuring handmade, sustainable and otherwise really good items, is looking for some new, unique winter accessories to sell this year.
They’re hosting a contest for unique, handmade knit, crocheted, sewn or woven hats, gloves, scarves and mittens, and the winner will receive $500 and a design contract with the company.
Design hopefuls can send up to five different items, or five pictures of one item. You’ll have to provide information about the materials used and the story behind the item, and can include links to sketches, videos and other materials as you like. They want items that are safe and animal-friendly, which means no leather, feathers or pearls (but I did read somewhere that wool is OK).
Entries will be accepted via web form through the end of July, at which time semifinalists will be selected. The Uncommon Goods community will choose the finalists, and the top five projects with the most votes will be considered by a team of judges. The winner will be contacted by Aug. 21, and other finalists may also be offered vendor contracts.
This sounds like a lot of fun and a great way to get thinking about design and the stories behind the things you make and the things you buy. If you want more information check out the official rules (PDF).
I’ve been thinking about entering but I’m not sure I have time right now. If any of you enter I’d love to hear about it!