Thank you to the Artists...
Why is the Theme Important?
Did you know that a third of the voting for a Jury Show is... Did the artist capture the meaning of the theme? This is where you envision the judges to see what you see by explaining to them your vision. AND... did you know that another third of the judging is... How well did the artist render their interpretation of the theme... overall appearance?
That is 2/3 of the voting on just the theme. The other 1/3 goes toward the level of skill the artist displayed in their creation. Therefore, being clear in your interpretation will be important since it isn't being narrowed down to a type as well as following it through with the visual of your creation showcasing the theme.
So, when voting for a theme, don't look for a specific type like fairies or mermaids or zombies... but look to the theme that challenges you and inspires you. If, like me, doing character type faeries are what you enjoy, then pick a theme and create the character that tells that theme/story. Don't create a character and shove it into a theme, hoping it fits. A theme should bring art to life. The themes listed in the polling for 2023 with the most votes will be the selected ones for our Juried Shows. Click here to go to the Polls.
A New Look for the Awards...
In the December 2022 newsletter I will send out some show theme ideas for you to vote on as I would like to offer two (2) Juried Shows each year for members only. The first show's deadline will be April 30th, 2023, (theme to be announced after the voting), and the second show's deadline will be August 31st, 2023. There will be four Best of Show award opportunities at each of these two shows. The categories will be Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional. When there are two or more entries for a category, then there will be the opportunity for awards. If there is only one entry for any given category, then by definition, no competition exists, and the entry moves to an Honorary Award. All award winners from each of the events will be posted on the IADR Award Winners page on the website also!
What the winners will receive is a choice of: (1) A physical Embossed Award Certificate only (which includes the cost of shipping) sent to them... or (2) A downloadable digital Award Certificate (suitable for framing) with a $75 (USD) cash award placed in a PayPal account... or (3) A downloadable digital Award Certificate with a $75 (USD) gift card at the online store of the winner's choice. Honorary Awards will receive a downloadable digital Award Certificate (suitable for framing) and the judges commentaries with scoring.
Then we will have our third big event for the year! This will be the Public Christmas Event with a deadline of October 1st, 2023. There will be no cash award for this event but that is all explained in an earlier blog (click here to read the blog) This event will be all about who will be the center point of the marketing event through the People's Choice selection. We are planning on expanding the voting pool by setting up a public voting link you can share with family, friends, and even your favorite cousin to encourage them to come vote for their favorite doll. This opportunity will give each entry more exposure if all of the membership will share the voting link! This will also expand the viewing and hopefully encourage those to come to the event. (And to our Judges - this will be an event you can join in as well since the judging on this event will be done by the People's Choice *smiling*). This event will be open to all mediums of dollmaking as long as it is a One-Of-A-Kind and the artist is a member of IADR.
Then to wrap up 2023 will be the final show which will be our End of Year Show. Now this is going to be a little different. This will be scheduled for a December 31st, 2023 deadline with the winners being announced in January, 2024. Since this is a juried show on an artist's accumulated work, the first requirement is that of the three (3) dolls an artist is submitting, one (1) of them has to have been in one of the three previous events announced for the year. Meaning that one of the three submitted dolls has to have been in either in the April show, the August show, or the Public Christmas Event. The other two (2) dolls to showcase the artist's work must have been made in the current year since this is hopefully a YEAR-end type of award. Also, if one of the artdolls is a new piece done for the End of Year award, it will be judged with the accumulated work as the End of Year Show will not have any Best of Show awards.
The End of Year Awards will be awarded in the categories of Best Artist of the Year, Best Doll of the Year, and Rising Star of the Year. Each category winner will receive a downloadable Certificate (suitable for framing) and a cash award of $150.00 (USD) to be placed in a PayPal account or as a Gift Certificate with a online store of the winner's choice. All award winners from each of the events will be posted on the IADR Award Winners page on the website also!
I hope to entice you to join in our events this coming year, but please keep in mind that anyone that enters these events will have the opportunity to have their submission receive the comments and suggestions from the judges. This is a valuable tool to help give the artist a different point of view to grow and learn. IADR is a group of artists who are here to help support and encourage each other to be the best we can be. These shows are just one way of doing that.
May miss the boat but...
I will set up a hidden page on the website that would go activate the day the Doll Show/Sale begins. On this page would be one (1) doll that was made throughout the year that captures the magical memories of Christmas for you. It can be Santa Claus, faeries, elves, little girls with dolls or even something like the "Nightmare Before Christmas" as long as there isn't gore nor copyright infringements.
As always, the doll should be registered (after all why not? *smiling*) and this will be for members only. The deadline for the Christmas theme doll/character event would be October 1st 2023. Because then we would have a People's Choice selection of the doll that best represents the theme between October 1st & October 15th. The first place winner would be the icon for the event, be on the website page, and on all posts from IADR promoting the event on Facebook and banner of the public IADR group page. That's a lot of exposure! (*smiling*) Second and Third place winners would cover the other two IADR banners.
It won't be required that the doll/character be a recent work but then why wouldn't you want to challenge yourself to something new? This is about getting a selling event going for November 2023 with a little Christmas magic thrown in. Discover what inspires you this year and challenges you or brings out your inner child. Then let's capture it to bring it into the new year and be ready for a great doll event toward this time next year.
Let's jump in...
2. The second way is for you to use the Studio Submissions page in the members only section. This is how you can create your own store or album by adding as many dolls as you want in your personal Artist's Studio page. This is a free service to you as an active member of IADR.
Simply fill out the form (see the example of the form below). The information about the doll will all be placed with the picture of the doll in your Artist's Studio gallery. By clicking on the image of the doll it will either show as a gallery piece, or take you to the link you have included on the form such as your website if you are wanting to sell it, or it will open up your email link for a potential customer to be able to contact you.
Yes, you can link your art doll to any site - this can be your website, an Etsy shop or Ebay. We might have to work a few to see if your Facebook store link will work (as we have not been able to test that yet), but if it does, we will link to there too!
Why are we offering to do this? Because I think as a group we should help support each other to be seen. If you don't have a website, then this is for you! Even if you have a Facebook store this is an option for you as one doesn't really know what direction they will be heading in the future, and if you have a website (or any other type of store), then this is also for you. The more we can post in social media the more we can be seen! So if saying "I can also be seen at IADR..." gives you just one more way of getting out there with a fresh post for networking.
As I said above, you can list as many dolls you want... after all, this is your shop. Again, there is no charge for this service. This is one of the perks of IADR membership and up to you whether you want to use it or not.
This option is under construction but I hope to have it up and running soon. At this time, this third option will only be available to members located and selling in the United States as we are not established with taxes and other requirements needed for selling in other countries. But who knows, maybe in the future as we keep growing!
Artist's Studio... What is it???
How does the Artist's Studio work? Let me tell you. *smiling*.
On the page of the Artist's Studio is a picture to represent each member of the IADR. I used the doll picture you submitted for the website to create this feature for you, but the image does not need to stay this image. You simply let me know what you want to replace it with, send me the image and I'll change the image. It can be an image of you, the artist, your favorite doll or even a logo of your business. Whatever you want it to be to represent your work.
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