I think contests are an excellent way for artists and artisans to stretch and grow. I just entered the Use the Muse Beading Contest II. These are the beads and supplies that all contest participants will use along with a secret item that we won’t see until we receive the package in the mail. How exciting! The beads pictured are gorgeous enough as is, I can’t imagine what else might be added. My ideas are starting to simmer but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself since I don’t know what the secret item is.
My goal when entering contests is to submit something that I feel proud of. Something that I feel stretched me or made me look at things a different way. Something that made me better as an artisan. I don’t really focus on the outcome of the actual contest. Of course, it’s nice to win things, but it’s also nice to see progress and growth in ones work. That’s a prize too.
You can find out more about the contest by clicking here. It’s a beautiful blog and you can see winners and entries from last year. Wish me luck! I’ll post the photograph of my item here once the contest is done.