arc October/November Issue 118

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Designer Clothing After receiving more than 200 submissions, Women in Lighting and its panel of judges has selected the five winning entries for its T-shirt design competition. Sharon Stammers tells us more.


here has been a massive rise in

messages, and to achieve this we launched a

Lumenarch in New York. We also - shock

Whether its #LetThereBeLight,

originally designed to be a basic

lighting designer and cofounder of Lighting

inspirational light images, or our very own

world’s most ubiquitous fashion item has

Luxemozione in Italy.

1000 people gathered to share knowledge,

are a great barometer of social change. They

is fundamentally about equality and working

online collaborative activities. flooding Linkedin with

[d]arc room livestream, where more than

there is no doubt that the fact that we can no longer physically come together means we

T-shirt design competition. The T-shirt was undergarment. But over the years, the

become a powerful political weapon. T-shirts can shock, outrage, unite and challenge the

status quo. They can also help to disseminate

horror - asked a man: Giacomo Rossi,

Design Team and light blogger/founder of

We asked a man because Women in Lighting side by side, and to this end are delighted to see many entries in the competition from

are looking for ways to participate in virtual

messages around the world.

male WiL supporters.

wider community.

their creativity and create a special WiL

the judges are seen here. They are from

community, light uplifts us, light inspires us

community. Using the themes of equality,

Damon, Alex Bourganou, Hannah Moore and

initiatives and to feel like we belong to a

We can see through these initiatives that as a

We asked the WiL community to express T-shirt that shared the values of our

The five winning designs selected by

designers Rolands Popenkovs, Michela

and light can bring us together.

empowerment, inspiration and light, we

Giorgia Rossi.

series of mini-interviews on the WiL website

competition. More than 200 of you did and

T-shirts and housed on our very own WiL

After the success of the WiL in Lockdown

- which helped WiL and WiL supporters feel a sense of solidarity with others around the

invited people to submit a design for this

all entries can be seen on the website - there is a truly international spread with designs

These designs will be made into actual

T-shirt shop. Alongside these winners is a ‘wildcard’ winner chosen via social media

world, we launched a new idea. This one was

from 37 countries and a mixture of hand

that will join them on the website after

seen a lot. Be it Covid scariness, positive


choose from in total.

based upon messaging - of which 2020 has

neighbourly encouragement or serious Black

Lives Matter messaging, it’s incredible to see the power of a phrase or single image and how it can enable global solidarity.

Women in Lighting wanted to join in this

global phenomena by sharing our positive


and digitally drawn images and graphic

We selected three judges to help us narrow it down to a winning five. We asked world

renowned light artist and queen of colour Liz

West from the UK, Yishan Zhuang, upcoming lighting designer and visual artist -

originally from Beijing but now based at

voting finishes so there will be six designs to Giacomo Rossi said of the competition: “The WiL T-shirt design competition represents an outstanding opportunity to share and disseminate the concept of equality and

emancipation, the basis of the Women in Lighting project. We received numerous

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