I got an email today from someone who works for Uncommon Goods, (they found me through So You Think You're Crafty) asking me if I would let people know about a design challenge they have going on! If you get your art object chosen, it gets featured in their spring catalog, and I think that would just be too cool, and a great way for a home crafter to get recognized by a broader audience!
Here's their press release: (Everything in blue was from their email to me)
UncommonGoods Hosts National Open Call in Garden Décor Design Challenge
January 15, 2013 (Brooklyn, NY) - UncommonGoods, an online retailer that specializes in handmade, eco- friendly and uniquely designed gifts and accessories, is excited to launch their first design challenge of 2013 – the Garden Décor Design Challenge. The winner will receive $500, an UncommonGoods vendor contract, and will see their piece in the Mother’s Day catalog.
The open call is a search for garden sculptures, planters, bird houses and other accessories for an outdoor space.
After the call for entries, the semifinalist designs chosen by the UncommonGoods buyers will appear on UncommonGoods.com where the online community will vote on their favorite pieces to move on to the final round of judging. The top five voted designs will be judged by UncommonGoods home accessories buyer Katie Giannone and artist Chris Crooks. A winner will be chosen in late-February.
“Our customers love handmade, creatively designed garden décor,” says buyer Katie Giannone. “With spring and summer right around the corner, we are entering our strongest sales period for outdoor items. This design contest is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work, gain exposure and a potential partnership with our brand.”
Until January 31, 2013 at 11:59 EST, designers and artists are welcome to share their products at http://www.uncommongoods.com/designs/garden-contest.
I know the notice is short, but wouldn't it be cool to enter something you have already made, and get your work published and PRODUCED this year?
I was contemplating entering my garden balls, since I have had them repinned thousands of times on pinterest (who knew that would be my most popular post!) I'm not sure that I will get the time, but I'm seriously thinking about it!
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in New York City, UncommonGoods is a catalog and online retailer of creatively designed, high-quality products. UncommonGoods works with a growing network of artists and makers to bring unique and special products to customers across the United States.
FYI I am not getting paid by a sponsor to post this, I just thought it was cool, and that some others might want to enter!