Design your own socks 2023 WINNERS
Theme: My dream socks
2023 edition of Design your own socks Competition was a great success! We got submissions not only from Ireland, but also: Japan, USA, Slovenia, Hungary, Netherlands, Taiwan and Switzerland! Theme of ‘My Dream Socks’ brought us on a journey of what is important to you, and wow, it was an inspirational journey! It feels like many of you get inspired by nature, childhood dreams, but also many mentioned mental health and mindfulness. It is absolutely brilliant that socks can be a medium to carry a message of self love and care.
The jury made of Alex, Joanna, Aisling (Irish Socksciety) + honorary judge Marion Belliot (2022 edition winner) had a very difficult choice, and after long hours of tough conversations and discussions, picked a winner: Rachel Rothwell and her design Buzzin’.
Inspiration behind the design: Bees are fascinating little creatures and I love watching them! My mum has kept bees for years and this piece is inspired by those little critters living at the bottom of her garden in Wexford. They have often featured in my paintings and the idea of seeing them on my feet too has me buzzing!
As mentioned the choice was tough and here is a list of a few more talented entrants who’s feet we are hoping to keep cozy in the next months:
12 months socks subscription -Inspired by the colloquialism "Cool Beans", I drew from the bright colours and rounded shapes of jelly beans to create a minimalistic but fun sock design. - Seán Cahill
12 months socks subscription - Inspired by Nokia 3210s - Aisling Nugent
6 months socks subscription - Ethan Chang
When I was a child I was fascinated by the moon and the planets and whenever there was a full moon I would stay awake to see it and talk to the "man in the moon" I always dreamed of going on a rocket to the moon. When I cycled my bike or did horse riding as I built up speed I was thinking I would take off like a rocket., to infinity and beyond.
We are supported and encouraged by our families to reach for the stars and live our dreams. The way space technology is advancing, maybe one day my dream will be realised.
Never give up on your dreams.
Special prize for Juliet Cassidy
Juliet was the youngest of all entrants. And oh she has delivered! Juliet put a lot of thought, talent and consideration into the number of designs she submitted. And even though t&c said all entrants must be over 18 years of age, we’ve decided to give Juliet a special prize of a 3 months socks subscription. G’wan Juliet!
Inspiration: was taken from my love of fashion and this design includes some of my favourite colours and layouts from things I wear.
Dear do Stocaí féin
Free your creativity, use your imagination and fulfill your internal fashionista desires. It is finally the time to create your dream socks. Surely socks are a statement, and here you finally have the opportunity to design a pair that you always dreamt of.
Irish Socksciety is back with another edition of Design Your Own Socks Competition and this year’s theme is: My dream socks. Coloured, plain, funny, patterned, crazy or elegant - go for it and go wild. There are no limits here, design whatever will make you feel happy.
Irish Socksciety are the first and leading socks brand in the country. Embracing all things Irish on their quality, sustainable socks they found their home on many, many feet around the globe in the past 6 years. With people approach at the core of everything they do, the company pushes havin’ the craic from head to toe, support for the local communities and care for the environment with every action they take. Now you can put your foot forward and step into the beautiful world of stocaí.
The theme of the competition for the 2023 edition is:
My dream socks.
Use any technique and your imagination to embrace the colours, joys and magic of every day. Have some craic, go wild, possibly win it and make a morning of many feet around the world a happy one!
1st prize (value of €1000):
10.2" iPad Wi-Fi | 256GB | Space Grey (2021)
iPad 10th Generation
Colourfully reimagined and more versatile than ever. With an all-screen design,10.9-inch Liquid Retina display1 and four gorgeous colours. iPad delivers a powerful way to create, stay connected and get things done.
- Striking 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display1with True Tone
- A14 Bionic chip with 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU
- 12MP Wide back camera
- Landscape 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Centre Stage
- Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
- Wi-Fi 6 and 5G (sub-6 GHz) cellular2
- USB-C connector for charging and accessories
- Go far with all-day battery life3
- Works with Apple Pencil (1st generation)4and Magic Keyboard Folio
- iPadOS 16 makes your iPad even more capable with powerful new productivity and collaboration features
+ Apple Pencil 1st Generation
+ 10 pairs of the winning design socks
+ bio of the artist on the socks label
+ photoshoot of the winner and socks with up to 2 pals
2 x 12 month socks subscriptions
Terms and conditions
The competition will run from the 11t of April 2023 until the 8nd of May 2023
Irish Socksciety will announce the winner on the 16 th of May.
Due to extremely high number of submissions the judging process takes longer than planned. Winners will be announced on the 17th of June.
The winning socks will go into production within a month.
Please use the template provided below
WHO CAN APPLY
Everyone, located anywhere in the world, who love novelty socks, all things in life and some craic. All entrants must be at least 18 years old.
HOW TO APPLY
Participants should submit their designs via email only. Files (pdf, photo, scan) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 08.05.2023 time 00:00 (Dublin time).
One entrant can submit up to 5 designs.
A complete application will consist of:
Name, Second Name, date of birth, Location of the entrant + Inspiration behind the design.
WHO IS IN THE JUDGING PANEL
Marion Belliot - the 1st prize winner of 2023 edition of Design Your Own Socks Competition
Aleks Kieldanowicz - Irish Socksciety
Joanna Ciezka - Irish Socksciety
HOW TO DESIGN
Please use the template available below
There is no limit on the technique, designs can be hand drawn, designed on a computer – whichever works. Colour scheme must be limited to 5 colours.
Avoid complex details or gradients as these are quite difficult to translate onto a sock.
AND THE WINNER IS…
Creativity is the key. Organizers will be looking for designs that are wild, creative, spontaneous and passionate. Irish Socksciety will pick a design or a part of it to be produced on the socks (it may get amended slightly going into production).
Socks will be added to the Irish Socksciety range and info about the winner will be included on the tag.
IF I SUBMIT A DESIGN, WILL YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO IT?
No, we don’t own the rights to the entered designs. Once the winner is chosen, we contact the artist before moving forward with production. By submitting the design entrants accept that in case of winning, the design’s copyright is automatically transferred to Irish Socksciety. Irish Socksciety will become a legal owner of the unlimited copyright to the final version of the winning design. There is no additional compensation to the winner beyond the prize.
IF MY DESIGN WINS, WILL I GET A PAIR OF MY SOCKS?
Yes. If your design is produced, we will give you ten pairs of your designed socks.
An entry must be original and created by the applicant specifically for this competition. By entering, an applicant guarantees that their design doesn’t infringe any copyrights or other interests of third parties.
Organizers will pick one winner of the 1st prize and two winners of the spot prizes.
Once announced, the organizers’ decision will be final and no appeals will be accepted.
The winning design will become the intellectual property of Irish Socksciety and Irish Socksciety will hold the unlimited copyright to it.
Photoshoot will take place in Ireland. Photos will be used for promotional purposes of Irish Socksciety.
Irish Socksciety will own the right to all imagery and photoshoot assets.
Prizes cannot be exchanged into cash.
Irish Socksciety reserves the right to change the t&c at any time.