[Northkeep] Entering A&S competitions

Montega montega at gmail.com
Fri May 19 07:36:14 PDT 2006


On 5/19/06, Jennifer Carlson <talana1 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Since I'm not up to my chin in event details, like Beorhtlic is, I'll take
> up the thread here.
> As he said, the judging forms will tell you what kind of information should
> go in your documentation.  If the long lists of qualities seem confusing or
> daunting, I can put it in a nutshell.
> Newspaper reporters use a formula for getting a story told as efficiently as
> possible, and it works for documentation, too.  Tell the judges Who, What,
> When, Where, Why, How, and Which.
> WHO: are you?  Unless it's a blind competition, give your name and note
> whether your entry is a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level project.
> That last bit gives the judge a base line as to your skill level.
> WHAT: is the item you're entering?  This may sound silly; however, someone
> once lost out in a Castellan competition because the judges were unable to
> tell what was being entered.  If you put in an inkle loom warped up and in
> progress, are we to judge the loom?  The quality of weaving?  The homespun
> thread?  The hand dyeing?  If it's a tooled leather bookcover, are we
> looking at the whole object, including the bookbinding, or just the tooling?
> WHEN: is the time period of the item/technique/art form you're reproducing,
> representing, or borrowing from.
> WHERE: the item/technique/art form comes from.
> WHY: you used the materials and techniques you did, especially if they
> differ from how it was done in period.  Judges will give you lots of leeway
> for using modern materials and techniques because of hazardous chemicals,
> dangerous techniques, budget constraints, and so forth, if you will let us
> know the reason.
> HOW: did they do it in period?  Judges want to know how much you know about
> the topic.
> WHICH: sources did you use?  This usually means a bibliography, which is
> just a list of the books/articles/classes taken/artisans consulted that you
> used to learn to make the item.  It can also mean photocopies of pictures,
> or prints of downloaded images/articles.
> Your documentation doesn't have to be a big production.  I've seen adequate
> documentation on a single sheet of paper.
> I'll be happy to field other questions about entering competitions.
> In servicio,
> Talana
> Doing the happy dance 'cause she's on vacation for the next 10 days!
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