Textile Competition 2020-Adult & Student


Lauren Davies - winner 2016 with Bart Ryan-Beswick and Clare Williams-Rowe

The 2016 winning entry-Festive Landscapes

The Ryan Check 2016

Amelia Rowe - winner 2017 with Bart Ryan-Beswick

The 2017 winning entry-Embroidered Jazzy Bowler

The Amelia Check 2017

Rebekah Longland - winner 2018 with Jessica Laycock from Tweedmill Textiles

The 2018 winning entry-A Chinese Lion

The Mirage Throw 2018

Pop Art Power-Sarah Mills - winner 2019

Sarah Mills and Clare Williams at Tweedmill Textiles December 2019


Although the Drapers' Textile Design Competition for 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic The Jackie Ryan Memorial Award will continue in conjunction with Tweedmill Textiles Ltd, in Flint.  This is an excellent opportunity for a student to have a work placement in the textile industry and a chance to have some continuity with an element of the Textile Competition for 2020. 

Unlike previous years there is no theme but students can enter an existing textile piece or create a new piece appropriate to the award.   

The award is open to all students in Shropshire between the ages of 16-22 by the 30th November 2020.  This includes any 6th Form students from schools studying A Level Textiles, or any college students studying Textiles  ( including Telford and Wrekin )


Registration Forms to be received by Monday 16th November 2020

NB Please see the Guidelines and Registration Form downloadable below


Work to be completed and submitted by Monday 30th November 2020

Delivery location to be confirmed


Entries to be judged by Tweedmill Textiles by mid December 2020


Online exhibition of entries on the Shrewsbury Drapers' website January 2021

                                 The Jackie Ryan Memorial Award 

The Jackie Ryan Memorial Award was created in 2016 to commemorate Jackie Ryan the founder and Managing Director of Tweedmill Textiles Ltd based in Flint.

The family of Jackie Ryan along with Gaynor Bowen, a textile designer and member of the Shrewsbury Drapers’ Company, decided to commemorate Jackie by offering a student prize which would have a commercial application.

The award is a prize offering a work placement to a student to develop and design a woven throw which is then taken through into production and a finished product. The throw is then offered to Tweedmill customers on an exclusive basis or may be included in the Tweedmill collection for purchase.

The prize winner has the added advantage of the final design being exhibited at key home textile shows in the UK such as the Spring Fair in Birmingham, Top Drawer in London and other key international textile trade exhibitions.

The prize has now been successfully running for four years in association with the Shrewsbury Drapers Company and their annual Textile Design Competition.

The winner in 2019 was Sarah Mills an A Level student from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.  Having completed her A Levels Sarah has now gone to Birmingham City University to study for a BA (hons) in Textile Design. 

Tweedmill Textiles distribute their products to nationwide retailers in the UK such as John Lewis, The National Trust as well as many other individual retail outlets. 

The company continues to thrive in the family tradition with Jackie’s eldest son Bart Ryan – Beswick now taking on the role as Managing Director. The recent acquisition in 2020 of Britannia Mills in Huddersfield has further strengthened the Tweedmill manufacturing and production facilities.    



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