The Silk Bureau Greenfields design competition

The Silk Bureau have just launched their latest competition and what a fantastic opportunity it is!

This design brief is not only great for all designers to get creative with the chance to win 10m of free digital textile printing, but it’s also in support of a remarkable charity!

Greenfields Care and Support offer wonderful support services to those living with a life-limiting or long term illness. By creating bespoke designer scarves we hope to raise funds in support of Greenfields complementary therapies.  The Silk Bureau Ltd are Kindly using their services to digitally print fabrics and produce bespoke designer articles to help raise funds in support of the work that Greenfield’s do.

The Design Brief

All Designers to enter a design that would look great on a beautiful silk scarf. We are asking for 3 sizes of the design or 3 complimentary designs:

  • One long 50cm x 150cm
  • One square 30cm x 30cm
  • One folded 18cm x 120cm


Terms and Conditions

  • The Winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Greenfields Care and Support from the entries received by 1st July 2018.
  • All Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  • The Designer will pass all copyright of the design to Greenfields.
  • 100% of profits made from the sale of the articles will go to Greenfields. No portion of the sale price of the completed articles will be given to the Designer or Silk Bureau Ltd.
  • Unsuccessful designs will not be used for any other purpose, unless express permission has been given by the Designer and will be deleted from the Silk Bureau’s archives within 30 days of the closure date.
  • The Competition is not open to any employees of The Silk Bureau Ltd or Greenfields Care and Support, or their families.
  • There is no cash alternative to the prize.
  • The Winner can choose from the range of instock fabrics at the Silk Bureau Ltd (dependant on stock available at time of placing order) Offer excludes – Heavy Satin, Heavy Crepe de Chine, Heavy Dupion and Triple Georgette.
  • The Winner will be announced on 2nd July 2018 via the email address supplied when submitting artwork.


To read the full details on this brief, including how to submit your entries, or to learn more about Greenfields, please click here.



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Linguist for AVA Customer Services

Essential qualifications

  • Foreign languages (knowledge of one or more major world languages in addition to fluent English). Of particular interest at the moment are candidates with fluent Italian and French.
  • Proven ability to travel and work alone when necessary
  • ‘People skills’ – the ability to work well as part of a team and to establish warm relationships with customers across multiple industries, nationalities and cultures
  • Evidence of ability to work hard and strong drive to outperform expectations. AVA aims to remain the best in our industry and we will not achieve this by employing staff who are merely ‘OK’ or ‘average’.

Advantageous qualifications

  • Experience in decorative or textile print design
  • Knowledge of AVA or other (Mac based) design and colouring software are an advantage.
  • Sales experience

Successful candidates will be taught how to use AVA’s (Apple Mac based) design and colouring software. Based in Macclesfield (Cheshire), once fully trained, they will be asked to travel extensively all over the world on a regular basis, demonstrating and testing the software, training customers and providing technical support.

Those accepting a job with AVA are asked to make an initial contractual commitment of 2 years. After that, it is up to us to make sure that it is worth their while to stay – we place a big premium on experience and many of our team have been with us for most of their working lives.

Attractive salary and bonus package grows quickly with increased knowledge and responsibilities. Free membership of local leisure and golf club included. The Peak District  – just half an hour from Manchester and two hours from London – is an attractive place to live and work.

For further information, please e-mail a brief CV and supporting letter to Debbie Buchan, AVA’s Customer Service Director:  Buchan@avacadcam.com

New version of AVA ColourSys!

A recent Apple system update (MacOS 10.13.4) has just started warning that “ColourSys is not optimised for your Mac”. The good news is that AVA’s ColourSys application has been completely re written and will be ship to you as part of AVA 5.1. We are very excited about ColourSys 2 as in addition to it being a 64 bit application, it contains many new features such as Retina display support, and new ‘Popover’ user interface.


The current version of ColourSys doesn’t cause any performance issues so simply click the OK button and you won’t be bothered by the warning again.

If you have any further questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our support team.


See AVA at FESPA, Berlin. Also in partnership with HP!

Come and see AVA at FESPA, Berlin, where we will be demonstrating our most significant release to date yet… AVA 5!

The show will take place 15th – 18th May and we will be situated in Hall 1.2/ Stand B49.

We’re also delighted to announce our partnership with HP at FESPA, in Hall 3.2/ Stand C20.



If you’d like to book a demonstration of AVA whilst at FESPA, please click here.

Alternatively, if you have any other questions or would like to know more about AVA, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.

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