Designs for Hope

 

We are delighted to announce the return of our design competition, ‘Designs for Hope’ 2021!

We strongly feel that inspiring and aiding children's creativity at school age is a huge stepping stone in improving diversity in jewellery and the arts, so this year, ‘Designs for Hope’ is aimed at anyone aged 17 years old or under.

Present us with your idea of what 'hope' means to you as a piece of Alex Monroe jewellery, mindful of Alex's signature, nature-inspired style! You can work alongside your family, friends or even your school - and Alex will be providing design tutorials alongside some other incredible jewellers throughout the competition, so stay tuned to this page and the Alex Monroe Instagram @alexmonroejewellery.

The winning ideas will be transformed into pieces of Alex Monroe jewellery, gifted to the winner and available to purchase as part of a limited edition collection at alexmonroe.com. A portion of each sale will be donated to an incredible new initiative called ‘The Make Bank’, which aims to tackle creative poverty in schools.

The Brief

If you are 17 years or younger, we want to hear what ‘hope’ means to you, expressed as a piece of Alex Monroe-style jewellery! You can design a necklace, bracelet, earrings, a ring or even a brooch or pin, and it can be completely different to anything we have done before - just remember to include elements of Alex’s signature natural, playful style in your designs.

We recommend submitting your design as a drawing or painting with a written description or labels - and you can of course ask someone for help with this! All styles of entry, from pencil drawings to finger painting, are encouraged and welcomed!

 

The Brief

If you are 17 years or younger, we want to hear what ‘hope’ means to you, expressed as a piece of Alex Monroe-style jewellery! You can design a necklace, bracelet, earrings, a ring or even a brooch or pin, and it can be completely different to anything we have done before - just remember to include elements of Alex’s signature natural, playful style in your designs.

We recommend submitting your design as a drawing or painting with a written description or labels - and you can of course ask someone for help with this! All styles of entry, from pencil drawings to finger painting, are encouraged and welcomed!

 

How to Enter

Email your designs to designsforhope@alexmonroe.com or tag us on Instagram @alexmonroejewellery and #AMDesignsforHope. The competition closes on Monday 19th April.

How to Enter

Email your designs to designsforhope@alexmonroe.com or tag us on Instagram @alexmonroejewellery and #AMDesignsforHope. The competition closes on Monday 19th April.

 

Competition Tutorial 1 - Creative Research: How to kickstart your design! 

Supporting The Make Bank

The Make Bank is a wonderful new social enterprise, which aims to tackle creative poverty in schools.

Across the UK more than 33% of children are currently living in poverty and in some areas, this figure reaches a staggering 62%. An increasing number of young people are opting out of creative subjects because they cannot afford the materials they need to complete basic coursework or don’t recognise the scope of opportunity that exists for them in the creative industries.

The Make Bank provides Art and Design Kits for disadvantaged pupils who wish to pursue creative education, alongside career support from industry professionals. Their goal is to nurture, inspire and encourage the creative talent that will form the future of our creative industries, to ensure they are inclusive, representative and future-proof.

 

 

 

Designs for Hope 2020 

Wildflower Globe Necklace

"The natural world makes life worth it…just watching on as nature does its thing is the most hopeful thing we can witness."

- Jessie

Hideaway Nest Necklace

"The nest is built piece by piece from whatever the bird can find, just as we are asked to be extra creative and resourceful for the time being."

- Harriet

Neighbourly Houses Ring

"Hope for a time we can be together in our houses as we please…but by pride that when we needed to, in our houses we stayed, entertaining ourselves in new ways and helping those who were trapped within them."

- Emelia

Moon Gazing Hare Necklace

"I find the moon and stars in a time of global uncertainty like this particularly hopeful…they are a familiar and beautiful reminder that the world is still turning and still will be when this passes."

- Charlotte

Matchbox Necklace

"In Darkness there is Light. This is the reason I chose a matchstick box to symbolise the light…"

- Roman, age 13, Designs for Hope Runner Up

One Door Opens Necklace

"I have always taken comfort in the saying, 'When one door closes, another opens’. The world is full of opportunities - if something you long to happen doesn’t, you should never give up hope."

- Olivia, Designs for Hope Runner Up

In Support of Mind 

With the biggest thanks to the generosity of our wonderful community, our Designs for Hope 2020 collection raised an incredible £12000 for Mind charity!

Campaigning to knock down stigmas, improve services and promote understanding so that anyone facing mental health difficulties gets the support and respect they deserve, charities like Mind have been more vital than ever, in light of the increased mental health challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. You can find out more about their lifesaving work here!