7th April 2021

In January, we were delighted to launch a new prize for makers based within the Cockpit Arts studios.

The Cockpit Textiles Prize provides funding and mentoring to make a tangible, positive impact to three businesses.

Following a generous donation from TexSelect upon the closure of the charity after 50 years, we were able to offer three textiles makers a fund of £1000 each as well as £350 towards the cost of mentoring. The aim of the funding is to assist makers in making a step change in their business or practice.

The prizes, which were open to anyone based in our studios and working in textiles including tailoring, weave, knit and stitch, were allocated following a very competitive application and interview process.

In addition, we were also able to offer a Highly Commended Prize of £500 thanks to additional funding from the Golsoncott Foundation.

This year’s prize winners are:
Hollie Ward
Hollie will use the prize money to buy a wide-width Glimakra loom weaving at almost double the width of her current loom. This will allow for the development of more products within interiors and further explore the creation of garments and fabrics for tailoring. For Hollie, the mentoring will help her take the leap from making for others other to becoming a one-woman brand.
“[The prize] will allow me to push the boundaries of where I can take weaving without limitation of width of cloth. I believe direct contact with a mentor will help my business thrive and thus carve the niche for where I exist within the industry.”

Ekta Kaul
Ekta will use her prize to enable her to develop ideas for a new body of work. Having time to experiment is critical for an artist and this is often difficult to carve out. Having this time alongside the support of her chosen mentors will enable Ekta to crystallise ideas and establish new networks.
“The prize is a gift of time to focus on creative experimentation without worrying about outcomes.”

Paige Denham
This prize will enable Paige to purchase an industry standard screen-printing table. Having access to a professional table will result in crisper, cleaner and faster printing and produce higher quality prints. Mentoring will help Paige to understand the journey to take to apply her prints to different outcomes and provide insight when growing her product range.
“Being able to invest in this table will make a real difference as my current method is resulting in time-consuming set up and ‘not quite perfect’ screen prints. I am hopeful that having personalised advice will be invaluable and no doubt improve my progression.”

Row Pinto – Highly Commended
Row will use the prize money to complete and arrange a photo shoot of her new collection, Rainbow After The Storm. High quality images will be more important than ever for promoting and selling her work whilst traditional selling opportunities remain closed. The Prize will allow Row to reach customers and stockists with new work, and offers a way to grow and expand upon her digital sales over the next year.
“The prize will make a great difference to my practice in these difficult times and allow me to make a step change rather than growing organically.”


Photos: Background textiles by Paige Denham, portraits L-R Ekta Kaul, Hollie Ward, Row Pinto, Paige Denham