Bolt of Cloth Textile Competition: winner + giveaway

Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under. Introducing some fresh new NZ design talent to you all!
Wellington design student; Maddie Morton came out with the winning collection entered into the annual Bolt of Cloth textile competition (previous winner was Josie Dawson). I LOVE the fresh colour palette and ultra detailed hand drawn pattern inspired by Wellington’s busy and vibrant Cuba Street.

Read on below to learn more about Maddie and her winning work with thanks to Homestyle magazine and their feature appearing in this months issue.

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Perhaps you would like to win a cushion? And a magazine subscription?
Details below

Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under. Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under.

NOW IN its second year, Bolt of Cloth’s competition offering budding textile designers the chance to turn their working drawings into real-life prints has once again created some amazing results. After some tough competition, Wellington textile design student Maddie Morton took out the top prize at the end of last year, and has gone on to spend the summer working at Bolt of Cloth. Here she talks to us about her winning collection – based on the aesthetic of the iconic Cuba Street – and how she has honed her skills to suit the market.

What was your inspiration for the prints you worked on for the Bolt Of Cloth collaboration?

After living in Wellington for three years, Cuba Street became my main influence for this design. It is an eclectic and iconic street in Wellington, home to award-winning restaurants, as well as quirky fashion and design boutiques. What I found most interesting about the street was the contrast between the beautiful Edwardian architecture featured on the exterior of many of these buildings, and the textiles inside almost every one of them. I began drawing elements from both, and through collage, painting, and drawing my textile collection was formed.

After winning the award, was there much refining to be done before the designs went into print?

The designs have developed a lot since winning the award. The initial collection was blue and a salmon pink. After careful consideration, I decided to change the colours to both truly reflect my subject matter, and also to be a lot more gender neutral. I want people to be able to easily place my designs in their homes.

Are they available as fabrics by the metre as well as cushions?

Yes. The fabric is printed on medium-weight cotton-linen blend, so it can potentially be used for soft furnishings as well as cushions.

You’ve been working at Bolt of Cloth over summer. Has dealing directly with customers influenced your decision-making process as a designer?

Definitely! It has been a really amazing and inspiring experience, helping people choose really beautiful textiles for their homes. I have definitely been listening to what customers want in terms of colour and practicality, and I hope my designs can offer people this. It has been really interesting in terms of designing for both current, future, and classic trends, and has really built my knowledge and influenced my need to be diverse as a designer.

What is next for Maddie Morton?

I have one more year of my degree to go so this year I will mostly be focusing on that. I hope to continue designing in New Zealand after I finish university, and would love to look into creating and promoting sustainable textiles in New Zealand, which are both visually pleasing and ethically sourced.

Maddie’s cushion collection can be bought in store or at Bolt of Cloth – where you can also find details on how to enter this year’s competition.

Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under. Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under. Imagery courtesy of Homestyle Magazine
Photography by Andrew Hewson
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ENTER TO WIN YOUR FAVOURITE CUSHION AND A YEARS SUBSCRIPTION TO HOMESTYLE MAGAZINE

PLUS A CUSHION + INNER FOR A FRIEND!

 

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED
CONGRATULATIONS KATE NISBET! 

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 TO ENTER:
– Simply click through to explore Maddie’s new collection at Bolt Of Cloth here and in the comments below tell us which cushion you would like to win and a second choice to give to your bestie.

– For a second entry locate the competition post on the Studio Home FB and share your selection in the comments below it, tagging in your lucky friend who will win their choice too!
(you can follow Bolt of Cloth and Homestyle magazine here too )

COMPETITION DETAILS:
– Open to NZ and Australian readers
– Winner will be drawn at random and will receive the cushion cover + inner of choice, a 1 year Homestyle magazine subscription and a second cushion + inner to give to a friend.
– Competition drawn on Thursday 26th March.

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50 Responses to Bolt of Cloth Textile Competition: winner + giveaway

  1. Julie says:

    I would pick Cuba Street in grey for my best friend Claire & the same for myself-it’s gorgeous! Thankyou for the chance to win.

  2. Lily Chalmers says:

    cuba street in teal, love the collection Maddie!

  3. Jasmine says:

    I love the Cuba Street in teal Cushion Cover
    and
    Cuba Street in chartreuse Cushion Cover

  4. adele evans says:

    cuba street in teal and cuba spot cushion

  5. Kylie says:

    Cuba Street for me and my bestie please. We don’t mind being matchy-matchy. You choose the colours – they’re all gorgeous!

  6. Annette says:

    Cuba Street in chartreuse for both of us would be amazing

  7. Vicky Marshall says:

    I would choose Cuba Street in chartreuse Cushion Cover, and would love to gift my sister Leeanne the Cuba Street in Teal as it would suit her new lounge suite in her new house she has just bought. They are all amazing though! Love Maddie’s creativity.

  8. Jane says:

    gorgeous cushions, love them all but woud start with the cuba spot x 2 for my friend 🙂

  9. Charlotte Gordon says:

    Beautiful collection. I would choose the Cuba Street in teal and gift the ferns in blue to my bestie.

  10. Holly says:

    Really beautiful Maddie. Love that you want to do ethically sourced textiles too! My two favs are the Cuba Street grey and the Ferns in the blue and green. Good on you! Holly

  11. Kate Nisbet says:

    I’d love the fern in blues and I would absolutely love to give my bestie the Cuba st in Grey cushion because we flatted together off cuba street in Wellington so this would be a cool little reminder&keepsake! 🙂

  12. Purita says:

    I love the colours and patterns in this collection. My favourite cushions are the Cuba Street ones especially the chartreuse and the teal colours. I would love to have the chartreuse one and give my bestie the teal one to be matchies!

  13. Laura says:

    Cuba Street in Grey for me, Cuba Street in Teal for my friend 🙂 Well done Maddie! xx

  14. Sonya says:

    Cuba Spot cushion for me and Cuba St in chartreuse for my friend (who I am trying to get to enter this competition next year)

  15. Georgina says:

    I love the Cuba Street in teal and the Fern in blue

  16. prue kane says:

    awesome prize SH!!
    I love the Fern in blues and green, and I think Jane Gilkison would be pretty into the Cuba St in grey.
    xxp

  17. Sherrill Christensen says:

    I love fern in blues and greens, cool colors and beautiful design.

  18. Sarah Flashman says:

    Gorgeous fabrics so hard to choose! Cuba st in Chartreuse for me please and Cuba spot for my weee friend

  19. Karen Clarkson says:

    Grey Cuba street is fab! Would gift to my mum.

  20. Kirst says:

    Love the gorgeous and unique designs. Hard to choose! For me it would be fern in blues and green. But actually I would want to give both of them away to my 2 Wellington-based besties – and they would love the Cuba St in chartreuse and Cuba St in grey.

  21. Deborah Wood says:

    Cute cushions ! Sweet prize *
    I choose Cuba Spot for myself and a lucky friend. Thank you x

  22. Sarah says:

    i would choose the gorgeous fern in blue for me AND for
    My friend 🙂

  23. Perin Gerrand says:

    I would love the fern in blues and greens and bestie Meals the teal Cuba Street number. Good work Maddie!

  24. Maria W says:

    Cuba street Grey for me and Cuba street teal for my friend who just told me she wants me to be her newborn baby’s godmother! 🙂

  25. Sheana Gellert says:

    Cuba grey for me and Cuba teal for Georgina gellert

  26. shannon fisken says:

    Congrats Maddie – all gorgeous! I would pick cuba st spot for myself, & cuba st grey for Karen Clarkson

  27. Anna says:

    I would love the fern in blues and green and would love to give my bff Rosie the Cuba street in teal since she moved away from Wellington and I miss her like crazy!! They all look gorgeous by the way.

  28. Cat Mulligan says:

    I love Cuba Street in Teal and the same design in grey would be perfect for my bestie Hayley!

  29. Francesca Bradley says:

    Cuba in grey for me and ferns in blue and green for ma sis Roisin!

  30. Coral Porter says:

    Great collection Maddie. Wellington City is such an inspiration for all things creative. I would love to own the Cuba Street in teal Cushion Cover and my best friend Faith would definitely go for the same! Good luck everyone.

  31. Brenda Meech says:

    The Cuba St in Chartreuse is absolutely stunning & would match perfectly yes yes please xx

  32. Taryn Grice says:

    Ooh me likey!! My fave is the Cuba Spot…. My bestie would like the same, we have the same taste. Many thanks.

  33. Ashleigh says:

    Hi! I would love the Cuba Street in Chartreuse and the Cuba Street in Grey for my best friend, actually I love all of them its hard to choose 🙂 so those two will have to do!

  34. Sarah J says:

    I would love the Fern in blues and green and Cuba St in grey for my bff who lives in Auckland and I miss her like mad!

  35. Helen says:

    Cuba street teal for me and Cuba street teal for my wonderful neighbour 🙂

  36. Laura K says:

    I absolutely love the Fern in blues and greens cushion cover, and would give the Fern in blues to my friend Nicole!

  37. Hayley McMath says:

    gorgeous!!! I’d love fern in blue! ❤️

  38. Rebecca Williams says:

    I love Cuba Street in Grey and Cuba Spot for a friend!!

  39. Claire A says:

    I’d love to win the Cuba Street in Teal, and would love to give the Cuba Street in Chartreuse to a friend!

  40. Hayley Berendsen says:

    i would love the Cuba Street in Teal and the Cuba street on Grey for my bestie Shannon

  41. Charlotte Bennett says:

    Cuba Street in chartreuse for me, and the same cushion but in teal for my sister.

  42. Robin says:

    It has to be the Cuba Street Teal and the Ferns in Blues!

  43. Helene Oliver says:

    Love your designs Maddie. Would love to give my Mum the Fern in Blue cushion cover. And Fern in blue and green for myself. Wishing you all the very best in the final year of your degree and with your creative pursuits and sustainable ethos.

  44. Georgia Nixon says:

    Love them all! But If I had to pick two it would have to be Cuba spot for me and Cuba street in chartreuse for my friend Sophie 🙂 Gorgeous prints!

  45. Peter says:

    I’d love to have the Cuba Street Chartreuse and I’d give the Cuba Street in Grey.

  46. Victoria Crockford says:

    Cuba street in teal x 2 for me and my best friend, Sarah. A bit of bustling wellington in Otago would be wonderful!

  47. Aims says:

    Love love love the Fern in Blues cushion and the Cuba spot cushion for my friend 🙂

  48. Jackie Bush says:

    Cuba spot for me and Ferns in blue for my bestie please

  49. Mandy Shepherd-Smith says:

    Cuba St in Grey for me pretty please and Cuba Street in Teal for Bestie Pls

  50. Lynn Younger says:

    Cuba Street in grey please, and ferns in blue for my friend, thanks