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Competition – Contrado Winners & New Contest

espadrille winners

Recently we’ve been running design contests to push your creativity and reward emerging talent, and it’s working. We had some amazing entries and as a result it was difficult to pick our favourites. Here’s a quick summary of the previous competition winners and their prizes; we hope you get as much inspiration from these talented designers as we have.



transition competition

Transition Competition

First of all, we started off with an open theme to celebrate change and diversity. As this launched at the height of our fabric season we asked you to design a pattern which illustrates transitions.

competition first place
1st Place Patricia Moffett

1st Place – Patricia Moffett

First up, a beautiful design influenced by John Piper’s landscapes. The motif depicts a Welsh Legend where a wizard makes a wife out of flowers, who then gets transformed in to an owl.



competition 2nd place
2nd Place – Fake Face

2nd Place – Fake Face

This work was created at the turn of the year, a time of transition which the artist feels; “everyone who creates art works suffers with the evolution of time” and this work represents this transitional period in a single moment.



competition third place
3rd Place – Holly Greenwood

3rd Place – Holly Greenwood

Finally this design, inspired by natural elements eroding through time, uses repetition to represent the transition through time and what effects it has on the natural environment.



competition best foot forward


Best Foot Forward

As we stepped in to summer (and the blistering heatwave) we were looking to see how you would transform your artwork in to stunning products. What better way to get ready for the holiday season than design a custom pair of kicks? Here are the winners of our best foot forward competition.

competition first place
1st Place – Millie Epson

1st Place – Millie Epson

First place goes to this soulful print, which sat so well on the espadrilles, balanced by the colours of the heel. The print differs on each foot making these a beautifully unique pair of Espadrilles.



competition second place
2nd Place – WEKEEPUP

2nd Place – WEKEEPUP

The contrasting patterns on each section are well balanced and the patterns used on this pair of super cool footwear speak of traditional materials in the modern context of digital printing.



competition 3rd place
3rd Place – Catharine Rowe

3rd Place – Catharine Rowe

These gorgeous toucans mirror and match to create a wearable product. Ever more, the print motifs continue to the back of the shoes making for an elegant pair of espadrilles.


Next Up

You heard it here first, our next design contest will launch on 16th July 2018. The design brief will be Neon Paradise and we certainly expect to see a wide range of retro scenes, saturated sunsets and vaporwave escapist imagery.

new contest click here

One comment

  • Your style is unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity,
    Guess I’ll just bookmark this page.

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