For the last week or so, I’ve been talking about the Stitches Golden Needle Awards. I wrote a blog post about it for the DecQuorum blog. I mentioned the contest on the EnMart Twitter Feed and referenced links to the contest information on the EnMart Facebook page. You might be wondering why I’m doing everything I can to spread the word about this contest when EnMart has no stake in the outcome. We won’t be awarding prizes. No one from our organization will be entering work. So why am I pushing the contest so often? Well, there are a couple reasons.
The first is that I think the Golden Needle Awards are a good thing for the machine embroidery community. Any event that spotlights outstanding work, points out innovations and rewards those who put a lot of time and effort into being the best at what they do is something worth promoting. Machine embroidery can be, I think, something that people take for granted, or something that gets reduced to a left chest logo when people think about it at all. Contests like the Golden Needle Awards showcase the best of what’s being done and allow people to see that machine embroidery goes far beyond a left chest logo, while also helping them understand that a left chest logo can be a work of art all on its own.
Second, I know some of the people who have judged the awards in past years, and I know how much time and effort they put into making their decisions. If you’re looking for a critique of your work that is both fair and exacting, you can’t go wrong if you enter this contest. It’s not a popularity contest, it’s about finding the people who are doing great work and spotlighting that work, while also explaining what makes it great. The people who judge this contest don’t take the responsibilities of judging lightly. They want to find and reward the best, while also helping those who may still have a way to go get a little further in their individual journeys understand what they need to do to take things to the next level. Not to be cliche, but they care about the craft of embroidery and about the embroiderers who enter the contest.
Finally, everyone can benefit from entering this contest, whether you win your category or not. If you win, it’s certainly a line item on your list of reasons why people should hire you. You also get spotlighted in Stitches Magazine, which is great publicity. If your design doesn’t place, you still get valuable feedback which will help improve your skills, which is no small thing. Entering the contest is definitely a good idea, and there’s still time. The deadline for entries is May 21, 2012.
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