Last week we hosted a scholarship contest for the upcoming Ultimate Guide to Repeats Workshop. We prompted entrants to address the following topics in their response: their passion for this industry, why they need the course, and how The Ultimate Guide to Repeats will help propel them forward in their textile design career.
We received over 30 entries in the form of thoughtful and moving essays and videos. While we wish we could provide scholarships for each and every one of the applicants, in the end we had to make the tough decision–so tough in fact, that we couldn’t settle on just one winner, we had to pick two! Congratulations to Liane Ricci and Emily Wagner, the winners of the UGTR scholarship! We are thrilled to have them in the workshop and would like to share their stories with you today, starting with Liane’s video entry:
Emily’s written response:
“When I started to paint directly on fabric, I knew I had tapped into a deep calling as an artist and designer. As a life long visual artist with a passion for fabrics, materials, fibers, it made perfect sense to unite my love of color, pattern, design, texture and composition with objects that we can feel, touch, wear. I am self-taught when it comes to textiles, right down to my use of Photoshop and Illustrator. I have been able to translate my visions into the marketplace in the most modest respect and the only thing holding me back from fully realizing my potential is my lack of knowledge when it comes to repeats! I have attempted to learn it on my own, to no avail. The Ultimate Guide to Repeats is what I need to propel and excel both creatively and professionally. I need hard-core professional guidance, outside of myself. I live to learn and soak up knowledge and I can’t even imagine the level of excitement my work will take with The Ultimate Guide to Repeats under my belt!
I honestly feel inauthentic even calling myself a textile designer without having nailed repeats. I know that once I have this skill, I will be able to design freely and not feel creatively confined by my limitations. I know that with your class, stepping into a true professional textile career is not only possible, but it will happen.
The Ultimate Guide to Repeats will give me the foundation I so desperately need to confidently dive into a career, be it as a designer for hire or with my own freelance career. Thanking you in advance for your consideration!”