Do you think we should have contests for craft projects?

LaLaLouise LaLaLouise
My idea is this, and I know that Eden Arts & Crafts is still just getting off the ground and everything so it may not be anytime soon. I know that we're going to a have a "medium of the month", but from what I understand, it will pretty much be discussing it and encouraging people to try it, and having a "workshop" on it. But what if we also had a contest centered around a specific medium (maybe the same as medium of the month, maybe something different, that's one of the things I want your opinions on). Where everyone has to use that medium to make something. The objective will be to come up with the most creative idea, use of the selected medium, extra points for practicality/usefulnes s. It could have a theme (i.e. make a Halloween costume out of styrofoam or something lol). What does everyone think? Winner will be determined by voting, and what should the prize be?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I think this is a good idea, I would vote but I would not participate.
domsub1993 , Shellz31 , darthkitt3n , DeliciousSurprise , AMTTT , Trepier , Mirachaya , sodapin
8  (23%)
I think this is a good idea, and I would participate.
Starkiller87 , LaLaLouise , Dawn (Lilac Distraction) , kadytheredpanda , geliebt , LilLostLenore , padmeamidala , sausagelover , LAndJ , Missmarc , MeliPixie , shinypinkstars , nitebyrd , CS2012 , sweetiejo , OhDarlin , SoSexxxay , sapphyre.wings , tA , hatman , Jewlickah , kinksters
22  (63%)
I do not think this is a good idea.
Other/Unsure
Kkay , Nora , Sexy Alex , SilverIsis , Daemonin
5  (14%)
Total votes: 35
Poll is closed
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domsub1993 domsub1993
I'm good at copying other people's craft ideas, but not coming up with my own.
09/15/2011
LaLaLouise LaLaLouise
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Originally posted by domsub1993
I'm good at copying other people's craft ideas, but not coming up with my own.
Hmm well sometimes it's about taking inspiration from other people's work, and making it your own. For example, I loved the video Miss Debauchery posted with the jewelry holder, and I thought I would like to do something similar to hold knitting needles. Except..

Then I thought, I'll use elastic to hold the needles.
Then I thought, I'd have pretty much no other way of attaching the elastic other than sewing, and over time it could rip through the cardboard.
So then I thought, I'll use plastic canvas instead of cardboard.
Then I thought, I can attach pockets to it also to hold small notions, etc.
Then I thought, that plastic canvas idea would also be pretty cool as a spice rack (because I NEED a spice rack).
Then I thought, I could also make a bread box with plastic canvas!
And today I realized that I can use plexiglass to make that spice rack.
And I can make them in different colors and sell them. And I could decoupage shit onto them! And I could put Bible verses on one for my sister and her husband!
And on, and on, etc.

So you see, it's not so much about copying other people's ideas, but letting them roll around in your head until it morphs into something else. I took a cardboard jewelry holder and turned it into a plexiglass spice rack! For me, a big part of how I come up with my ideas is that there is something that I need, and there's this material that I have. And then it just kind of works itself out in my head. For example, a few years back I was obsessed with making jewelry boxes out of cardboard and hot glue, and I got really damn good at it. The reason it started was because my best friend's bird died and she was really sad and wanted to bury him, and I had some cardboard laying around and made him a coffin. And because we were goth, it was black and actually like dracula-style, skinnier toward the bottom, etc. I think you're probably better at it than you think, you just have to turn off you brain to let it turn itself back on (does that make sense?). Lol, I hope I was helpful. If we do start doing this, I would still love for you to participate in voting, but I really encourage you to get involved, push the boundaries of your creativity!
09/15/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I think it would depend on each contest.
09/15/2011
LaLaLouise LaLaLouise
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Originally posted by Starkiller87
I think it would depend on each contest.
Some of my ideas are that sometimes it can center around a medium or material, and sometimes it centers around a theme. Or sometimes its meant to be useful and is judged on practicality and how well it would carry out its purpose (and obviously also how pretty/creative it is), and sometimes the objective would be something purely artistic, and not meant to be functional. It's just an idea I was tossing around in my head, but that's why I posted, to get your opinion. So what exactly did you mean by "it would depend", what kind of contests would you be interested in doing?
09/15/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by LaLaLouise
Some of my ideas are that sometimes it can center around a medium or material, and sometimes it centers around a theme. Or sometimes its meant to be useful and is judged on practicality and how well it would carry out its purpose (and obviously also ... More
I mean I honestly I dont want to sound like an ass or full of myself but I feel I might have an unfair advantage in some contests of crafting. I went to school for special effects make up. So I do prop building, and costuming and stuff like that professionally. And I wouldnt want the fact that I have tons and tons of resources at my finger tips to be an advantage because someone else doesnt have the same resources. Id love to help other people and tell them how to make stuff easily for the contests but I feel in certain ones Id take myself out of running, not to say I would win or other people arent as good. Because there are some very very talented people on this forum. Im talking about strictly resources.
09/15/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
That was originally part of my plan, but I haven't come up with any solid ideas. It has to be something that everyone can participate in. I'm working on thinking of some things, but I'd love to see some suggestions.

There's so much that goes into running a club that it makes my brain all crazy sometimes!
09/15/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
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Originally posted by Starkiller87
I mean I honestly I dont want to sound like an ass or full of myself but I feel I might have an unfair advantage in some contests of crafting. I went to school for special effects make up. So I do prop building, and costuming and stuff like that ... More
That's where the problem comes in. I want this club to be as fair as it can be to everyone. It's more about creativity and learning than it is pure skill or talent. Even though I would ask people to vote on the creativity, it's hard to do that.
09/15/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
That was originally part of my plan, but I haven't come up with any solid ideas. It has to be something that everyone can participate in. I'm working on thinking of some things, but I'd love to see some suggestions.

There's so ... More
I like the idea of a costume contest that you have to have made yourself. There are some really awesome sewers on here. Id love to see what everyone comes up with. Or a sexy superhero costume thing based on your favorite.
09/15/2011
LaLaLouise LaLaLouise
Yeah that's another reason I thought that maybe the "theme" or whatever could have something to do with the medium of the month, or maybe the PREVIOUS month. For example, this month is sewing, and a lot of people will be attempting sewing for the first time. Maybe next month, after they've gotten some practice, there could be a contest for most creative sewn toy bag or something? It's still a simple enough concept that even newbies can make it with little practice, but leaves a lot of room for interpretation and individuality.
09/15/2011
Kkay Kkay
A different medium every month would make it difficult imo to have contests that everyone could participate in. If you do knitting you'll have two or three people who are amazing knitters, and the rest who are newbies.

I think it'd work better to set a theme, and then let the medium for each individual submission be up the the submitters. That way people can work in what they're good with for the contest and have a chance to show off their real work.
09/15/2011
LaLaLouise LaLaLouise
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Originally posted by Kkay
A different medium every month would make it difficult imo to have contests that everyone could participate in. If you do knitting you'll have two or three people who are amazing knitters, and the rest who are newbies.

I think it'd ... More
That sounds like a good idea! But one thing I had in mind, I guess to make it kind of a challenge, is to maybe let people do overall what you said, use their choice of medium, but maybe pick a material that people generally don't use and ask them to incorporate in some way, even if it's just a tiny little detail. It doesn't have to be that for every contest, just maybe something we can do now and then to mix things up a bit and get people to experiment with new things. I don't know, but I do like your idea!
09/15/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by LaLaLouise
That sounds like a good idea! But one thing I had in mind, I guess to make it kind of a challenge, is to maybe let people do overall what you said, use their choice of medium, but maybe pick a material that people generally don't use and ask them ... More
I was thinking and Miss D's homework for the next month is make something in your favorite color. That might be a nice tie in for this. Maybe incorporate it some how.
09/15/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
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Originally posted by Kkay
A different medium every month would make it difficult imo to have contests that everyone could participate in. If you do knitting you'll have two or three people who are amazing knitters, and the rest who are newbies.

I think it'd ... More
Well, I've been thinking it over. I've been debating ways to make this as fair to all of the community members as possible. I think what would be best for everyone is to do a monthly contest with the how-to videos. I'm really shooting for these to be beginner projects that advanced crafters could take to another level if they need to. With the beginner how-to videos, those who aren't familiar with the medium could pick up tips (and always ask for them in the forum). Beginners could do a how-to on a project they already know how to do. This is the best way to be fair to everyone.
09/15/2011
LaLaLouise LaLaLouise
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Originally posted by Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
Well, I've been thinking it over. I've been debating ways to make this as fair to all of the community members as possible. I think what would be best for everyone is to do a monthly contest with the how-to videos. I'm really shooting for ... More
So a contest on how-to videos? I like that. Would it be judged by voting? Also, what would the "criteria" be? Obviously quality of video should be considered important, but I personally would have an advantage in the natural lighting department because of the huge window in my craft room, but have no experience with making videos and have a pretty cheap camera. So would we also judge creativity? Adaptability to different skill levels? How well they describe/demonstrate the steps? What else should be taken into account when members are deciding who to vote for?
09/16/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by LaLaLouise
So a contest on how-to videos? I like that. Would it be judged by voting? Also, what would the "criteria" be? Obviously quality of video should be considered important, but I personally would have an advantage in the natural lighting ... More
I think she means she posts a how to video and everyone does the project they learned from those type of skills.
09/16/2011
LaLaLouise LaLaLouise
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Originally posted by Starkiller87
I think she means she posts a how to video and everyone does the project they learned from those type of skills.
Oh, lol. Well either way I think it would be a great idea.
09/16/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
Take a look at this thread!
09/17/2011
Nora Nora
I think it sounds like a good idea, but it would be hit and miss for me to participate as I already have a number of crafting things I do (crochet, knit, basket weaving, cross stitch, etc...), I don't need more!
10/04/2011
Missmarc Missmarc
I like the idea!
11/17/2011
Daemonin Daemonin
I voted other because I think it's an awesome idea and would love to participate, but I don't know if my schedule would always allow me to do so. I would always vote, though!
12/05/2011
OhDarlin OhDarlin
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Originally posted by LaLaLouise
My idea is this, and I know that Eden Arts & Crafts is still just getting off the ground and everything so it may not be anytime soon. I know that we're going to a have a "medium of the month", but from what I understand, it will ... More
I would be ecstatic to participate in the contest!
Personally, I think medium of the month would be best.
The prize should be something appropriate to the material, like a toy of that material or maybe a crafting book about things made of that material.
02/26/2012
Trepier Trepier
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Originally posted by LaLaLouise
My idea is this, and I know that Eden Arts & Crafts is still just getting off the ground and everything so it may not be anytime soon. I know that we're going to a have a "medium of the month", but from what I understand, it will ... More
Sounds like a great idea. Might get my girlfriend to try and enter.
03/09/2012
kinksters kinksters
veryy cool idea!!
07/11/2012
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