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Foundations Revealed Contest 2021: "Once Upon A Time..."

 Competition 2021: Once Upon A Time

 

Curl up with a book and tumble down the rabbithole into the realm of the storyteller. Talking lions, evil faeries, dashing pirates and haughty dowagers are waiting for their enchanted dancing slippers, or recoiling at petticoats three inches deep in mud... so, what will your favourite character wear?

 

  • Create a single garment or a whole outfit for a specific character from a piece of literature – eg poem, novel, short story, graphic novel (No film/TV or Video games).
  • Any genre is acceptable: fantasy, historical, sci-fi, thriller, romance, steampunk etc.
  • This piece of literature can be from any culture and in any language - as long as it is published and available to be read somewhere by the judges and voting members. A very brief precis of the character/story should be submitted with the design.
  • So long as it existed as a book/poem/story first, it’s fine if your chosen piece of literature has subsequently been used as the basis for a movie, play, animated series or TV show.
  • Recreations of other artists' or designers' existing illustrations are allowed, but will not be considered as innovative as original designs by the judges. The original artist/designer should be credited in your submission.

This is much about exhibiting your work as it is a "competition", so relax and enjoy the process. Enter the thing you want to make and will have fun doing! Don't get too hung up on "is this allowed?" The chances are it the answer will be yes; just read the guidelines again... but the competition is also an opportunity to push yourself, experiment and think outside the box.

 

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Mood board "Once Upon a Time"

Official Entry Form (coming soon)

The Complete Guide and Official Rules

  

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Biggest prizes ever in 2021!

1st place in each skill category

$400 gift certificate for the online store(s) of your choice
A year's free subscription to our sites
Specially designed 'Winner' icon to use on your website or social media profile

2nd place in each skill category

$200 gift certificate for the online store(s) of your choice
6 months' free subscription to our sites
Specially designed '2nd place' icon to use on your website or social media profile

3rd place in each skill category

$100 gift certificate for the online store of your choice
3 months' free subscription to our sites
Specially designed ‘3rd place’ icon to use on your website or social media profile.

 

 

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What people are saying about entering the Contest

For anyone on the fence next year, I would say that simply making the time for yourself to make something for the contest is an act of self-care... no matter the result, that's always a worthwhile thing.

Maeri Certo, entrant in 2018, 2019 and 2020

 

It has been a challenging learning experience and a great opportunity to think outside the box and grow as a maker... Go go go!

Cristiane Tano, 2018 winner

 

It's been an amazing journey, with friends along the way... This feels much more like joining an exhibition than competing. Go for it!

Jalea Ward, 2018 winner

 

It has been exhilarating to enter the competition and work on my entry. I would like everyone who is on the fence about entering to be bold.
To allow themselves to create, without censoring their creative brain. To be brave and share their work.

Marloes Dadswell, 2nd place in 2020

 

Do it! It's fabulous!

Catherine Sutton, 3rd place in 2020

 

 

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Hannah Archibald
Hello! I was wondering about forms of literature that are acceptable.

The part of the rule that states that films, TV shows, animated series, video etc shouldn't be what the submission is based on -- this is because at least part of the point is to challenge us to interpret works that don't necessarily have a visual component for us to go on, yes? If that's right, then I think that fiction podcasts and radio plays ought to be allowed. I've fallen in love with a great many of them over the last few years.

I understand that you don't want us to get too hung up over 'is this allowed' and so on, but I figure that other folks will also have favorites in this category & it might be helpful to remind about them. It took me a bit to get to that idea!!

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lori_b
My issue is that I know what I want to make but I can't think of a single non-visual inspiration for it. It would be nice if it didn't matter that someone else had already done it before as long as our interpretation is entirely our own.
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Kayla
I wouldnt worry about it too much . it doesn't have to exactly as the writer imagined it . I am doing Alice in wonderland but not the traditional way. Yes it will be the same characters but i put my own personal twist on them and making it my own. What i did was design it first and the. Look up references and if anything looked like is has been done before slightly change your design so that it is uniquely you.
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jema
The concept is to translate the written word into a fully realised piece - so even podcasts and radio plays will influence you with their choice of actor! if you have a radio play that you feel should be considered "literature" then by all means, go ahead! it's more that this isn't a "cosplay competition" so simply recreating established videogame characters etc doesn't challenge your imagination to make the connection from written word to visualised garment in the same way.
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Emily
Unsure of what category to plan to enter. I have some sewing experience for things like skirts or medieval gored rectangle construction, but I’ve never made a fitted or tailored garment before. Does that put me as a beginner or an apprentice for the purposes of this contest? Very excited to challenge myself this year! :)
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jema
Hi Emily , you are definitely an apprentice, the beginner category is just for people who are new to all forms of sewing.
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Emily
Okay that makes sense :) thank you!
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Natalie Coombs
As I'm looking at the rules and pondering this, I have a query - does the garment or outfit have to be for myself? One thought I'm having is to perhaps do something for one of my daughters.
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Emily
Not an official, but in previous years I’ve seen models used for prizewinning entries, and the rules only stipulate that the corset must fit the model used; so I don’t think there would be any issue making something for your daughter :)
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jema
Hi Natalie, the outfit can be for anyone! we just ask that one picture is of it on an actual person (any person) so your skill in fitting can be judged - fit cannot be judged just on a mannequin :)
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Lauren
Is it ok to base it on a pre existing pattern if credit is given? I’d say I’m still a beginner and I’ve only ever made one or two dresses from patterns before and tbh they weren’t super successful.
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lori_b
How comfortable do you feel altering patterns? Part of the reason your previous attempts weren't successful was because you were trying too hard to copy someone else's work. It might help to shift your focus from "how do I make what this pattern calls for," to "how do I make something I like?" You can take really simple patterns and make subtle changes and make them your own. Instead of looking at a pattern envelope and saying, "I want that," ask yourself, "what is there about this that makes me like it?" Then study how the details you like were made. Sometimes I'll take something from one pattern and add it to a different one so that I get multiple design details in the same garment. I wind up with something I love that is uniquely my own.
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jema
Hi Lauren, absolutely! Just make sure to say which pattern you are using in your write up - the make and serial number :) we understand that in the beginner and apprentice categories using pre-bought patterns is a vital step for many people :)
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kerrie
Hello! i was wondering if i was still allowers to enter even though i am from the uk? my confusion is simple due to the prizes being in american dollers and wasnt sure if this is open world wide. Thank you
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galadriel
It's definitely worldwide :) I was one of the 3rd place winners last year and am in the UK.
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jema
Hi Kerrie,
Yes the competition is international! the prizes are all for on-line stores so currency will automatically adjust.

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Lauren
May the source of the literature be from a graphic or visual novel? As long as the product ends up being original?
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jema
Hi Lauren, as stated in the rules above, "Create a single garment or a whole outfit for a specific character from a piece of literature – eg poem, novel, short story, graphic novel (not film/TV or video games). • Any genre is acceptable: fantasy, historical, sci-fi, thriller, romance, steampunk etc. • Your chosen piece of literature can be from any culture and in any language, as long as it is published and available to be read somewhere by the judges and voting members. A very brief precis of the character/story should be submitted with the design. • So long as it existed as a book/poem/story first, it’s fine if your chosen piece of literature has subsequently been used as the basis for a movie, play, animated series, video game or TV show. • Recreations of other artists’ or designers’ existing illustrations are allowed, but will not be considered as innovative as original designs. The original artist/designer should be credited in your submission."
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Lauren Brown
I'm curious of the fact that the costume I want to make has little to none explanation from the author. My inspiration would be coming from the movies and such. Although I plan to change the dress completely, would this still be okay? Since there is no original detail in the literature piece?
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jema
If you can possibly move away from another designers interpretation of the character (ie a movie costume or graphic novel sketch) then i'd urge you to do so, If you possibly can, the idea behind the theme is to try and create a new identity for that character rather than cos-playing something that already exists :)
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