I will say this much for the populace choice awards, they at least reward
skill over scholarship. I'd MUCH rather be in a competition where the winner is
the person who produces something that a large group of people at least find
interesting than a competition wherein the winner is not selected on the
difficulty of the item, or the level of skill demonstrated as much as by who can
produce the best looking modern display. Does it really show that someone
possesses an exceptional level of skill as an artisan if their entry is a bone
comb (just an example because of the minimal skill involved) that
took 2 hours to make while their multimedia presentation took 8? Versus the
item that took 30 hours to produce with documentation that took 30 minutes?
Don't laugh. In Atenveldt documentation is 50% of the total number of points.
You can win A&S with minimal actual skill as an artisan as long as you can
produce sharp enough looking presentations on how you made them. I'm of the
opinion that documentation should be no more than a third, but it's 50% here.
You should not be able do shoddy work and beat someone who does
excellent work as long as you can package your documentation well enough.
Forgive me, I am catching up on my email from the week-end.