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From: Rhys Terafan Greydragon <terafan@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 9, 2007 10:33:00 AM
Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Some thoughts on this judging question
Greetings all from Terafan,
Master Charles said:
>...get out there and
DO IT. .... and, with luck... you'll inspire some
> craftsman out
there to do ya' one better... and then the fun begins.
>> Consider diversifying the competitions across all
events. Consider limiting the categories to the ones for which
can find judges. <<
#1: Like it... cool idea.
#2: Can-o-worms. .. I can hear the "you don't love me
anymore" arguments warming up in the whining section... and the "but they
got a COOLER event to show their stuff (ie "... the Crown wasn't at mine") than
WE get to show OUR stuff...
In spirit I'm with ya'... but I'd hate to be the KMOAS that tries to do
If ya' REALLY want the best way to get yer stuff out there... eschew
(cool word, eh?) the competitions. .. ain't no real way to compare
pieces anyway unless everybody makes the same thing... or at least stays in
roughly the same culture/time period... the BEST way for an artisan to get
what they're looking for is to get out there and DO IT. Set up
demos... set up classes... sit by yer' pavillion makin' something. Set up
a craftsman's display where you show off yer' stuff while showing people HOW to
make it. You will get noticed... you will attract like mined
craftsmen (who we all know all have their own opinions on how good ya' did and
how they would have done it differently. . )... and, with
luck... you'll inspire some other craftsman out there to do ya' one better...
and then the fun begins.
I think part of the problem is that everybody is looking for a way to be
seen... and not so much really the competition. How do you compare one of
my ol' 6 board chests to a viking wagon??? Who wins? Any evaluation
would have to involve some foundation for comparison. Oh, yea... you
can do the *rating game*... things are scored against some abstract yardstick
(common to many "A&S competitions" ... but what does it mean in the
Nope... again, as my ol' buddy Avery sez', "It ain't a competition. ..
it's an EXHIBITION."
Become an exhibitionist and you'll get all the feedback yer' heart
desires... and you'll get it from enough people to make a proper evaluation of
your efforts rather than the random sampling of an A&S Faire.