I’ve finally gotten the chance to catch my breath, and think about the whirlwind that was October. It’s a wonderful feeling to be totally immersed in something that you love doing for so long, but I’m relieved for a little bit of a break. I do want to quickly throw out some ideas for next year’s challenge and get your feedback if you would be so kind. Here are a few of the things on my mind:
Categories: I’m thinking about eliminating categories altogether and just having a group of outstanding costumes chosen subjectively by the judges or keeping categories and changing them to kid-made, amateur, and semi-pro, so there are different levels of competition. Semi-pro would be designers and those with formal training in art or design, or those that make a living from their art and/or design. I know that some people were intimidated by the level of competition, so breaking it up might entice more people to join in, while still getting a variety of costumes at all skill levels.
Tutorials and Inspiration: I’m hoping to talk about the design process a little more next year. A lot of people have told me that they have a hard time coming up with a plan to execute their idea, so I want to talk more about making models as well as combining cardboard with different kinds of media, glue and paint. I’m also noticing some different kinds of cardboard costume combinations that work well, like cardboard heads, cardboard armor, cardboard vehicles, and gilded cardboard for gods and goddesses, so talking about those options might spark some ideas for people.
Community: Hands down the best part of the challenge was getting to know other cardboard makers through their work, and through communicating with them on the blog. I hope we can continue to build a strong community of people who love to work with cardboard. I’ll be feeding off the inspiration I gleaned from this year’s challenge for a long time, and hope you will too!
If you have ideas or suggestions for Cardboard Costume Challenge 2013, I’d love to hear from you! Don’t be shy, I’m ready for the good and the bad. All of it! There’s lot’s of room for improvement and the best way to make it better is with your ideas! What would you change?
Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing your cardboard costume in 2013!