Stitchsmith Prize for Design
Competition 2019

We were thrilled to have received almost 300 entries to the Stitchsmith Prize for Design competition 2019. Entries came from talented students from 23 UK universities specialising in textile design.

Many congratulations to our three winners! We’re very excited to be producing these designs for our clutch bags.

1st Prize

Ellen Russell
Chelsea College of Arts

Ellen chose the turquoise and indigo colour palette to enhance the gold of the clutch. She created a hand-drawn textural design, inspired by the ocean and its majestic qualities.

2nd Prize

Sabina Lima
Royal School of Needlework

Sabina’s design is titled Concrete Jungle. Inspiration came from aerial views of big cities with a high density of buildings.
“It’s about time to start planting forests” – Sabina said.

3rd Prize

Amy Smith
Wolverhampton University

Amy’s design originated from flowers in her garden at home. She used ink in a continuous line, then layered two designs on top of each other. The darker palette suits the gold frame and makes it a versatile design perfect for any occasion.

Shortlisted entries

Congratulations also to all our runners up. Their beautiful and diverse designs really demonstrate the versatility of the Stitchsmith clutch. We wish we could have picked them all!

Floria Yang
Kingston University

Maisie Miller
Norwich University of the Arts

Suksakaow Mahuttanatan
Central St Martins

Nayanika Bharadwaj
London College of Fashion

Amy Dance
Buckinghamshire New University

Daisy Phillips
Norwich University of the Arts

Jinglun Zhou
Royal College of Art

Adelaida Stiagina
London College of Fashion

Breeshey Williams
Royal School of Needlework

It was an extremely difficult competition to judge and although they didn’t make the shortlist, there are a few designers we feel deserve a special mention. Well done to Ellie Daynes from Leeds Arts University, Hisae Abe from the Royal School of Needlework and Liz Ellison from the University of Central Lancashire.