Just about 50 folks took it upon themselves to prove to me that designing is intrinsically personal, that you can all begin from the same technique, or series of techniques, and end up with completely original creations. Not just original, but Ah-May-Zing. And so many were new to weaving, which blows my mind. To say that I am lucky to have viewed these entries as they were submitted is an understatement, because I've had, in some cases, three weeks to ogle these fantastic creations and find my own artistic voice strengthened as a result.
And now it's time to share the entries with everyone! For participants and casual observers, the gallery of entries can be found here. If you submitted an entry, but do not see it listed in the gallery, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your entry as soon as possible, and it will be added immediately upon receipt.
The gallery of entries will be available for viewing… well… indefinitely or, at the very least, until Pinterest falls into the dark abyss of the internet, at which point the images will (hopefully) be moved to another file sharing system.
The gallery of entries will be available for VOTING, however, through midnight, August 7, 2015. Voting is open only to those who participated in the contest. To vote, simply follow the link and comment “VOTED” beneath the image of your choice. One vote per participant only, please. If you are not a member of Pinterest or, for any reason, cannot comment, please email me your choice at email@example.com and I will vote on your behalf.
A note to non-participating viewers and commentators…. please reserve the term “VOTED” for participants only, to avoid confusion during the judging process, but do feel free to comment as a show of appreciation for the beautiful work submitted. These entries are worthy of the recognition they receive and then some.
On August 8, votes will be tallied and the “Group Favorite” (most voted by participants) will win my completed version of this project, any three tutorials of their choice, and $25, deliverable via PayPal. In the case of a tie, I will place the deciding vote.
Also, a “Judged Favorite”, chosen by a panel of four jewelry artists and three “consumers” (who are not participating in the contest), will also receive any three tutorials of their choice and $25 payable via PayPal
Every contestant should have receive the finished version of this tutorial as a thank you for his or her participation, within 24-48 hours upon submission of their entry. This was sent as a reply to your submission. If you have not received the tutorial, please check your spam folder. If you have trouble accessing the file, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all so much! This has been an amazing experience, as always, to see the entries as they trickle into my email. I have looked forward to each entry over these last three weeks, and was continuously amazed by the creativity and craftmanship. You are amazing! I am already looking forward to the next contest (which will, ahem, hopefully be in October).
Happy weaving everyone!