Since 2013 i-dott CIO we have been enabling Surface Pattern Design Students to present their work, through an annual competition, to the international wallpaper and textile industries.
Through our board of Trustees, main sponsors and membership we have a global reach for colleges and Universities into textile, wallcovering and associated industries
In days gone by young designers were nurtured by the big international wallcovering and textile companies but sadly these companies have drastically shrunk in size, been eaten up or disappeared all together leaving design students to make their own way in the very tough and competitive world of design.
i-dott exists to bridge that gap between academia and industry.
Through the competition, winning students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with business owners and decision makers from all over the world at our annual dinner and awards ceremony.
Every year we produce a Yearbook showing all the competition entrants’ work. In addition all the designs are offered for sale to our membership with full copyright.
The proceeds of any sale is split equally between the student and the charity.
In 2017 we introduced our Bursary; this is a sum of money available, via an application process, to a post-graduate student going on to do their Masters degree.
…….and we are succeeding in our goals as several of our past competition winners are happily and gainfully employed within the surface pattern industry…..