Monday, May 21, 2012

A New Kind of Challenge

Posted by Lora Hart
Artistic Advisor

Announcing the return of the CornerStone challenge! This time we're going to try something a little different. This time the only judge and jury is you!

Taking part in creative challenges and contests like ours can be an important tool to use when trying to step out of your creative comfort zone. Having clear guidelines to follow and an outside entity to be accountable to makes it easier to incorporate specific details into your work, but ultimately may not cause a permanent shift in your design process because those guidelines may not have reflected your personal passions.

So this month's challenge is a study in self exploration. Below you'll find a few suggestions of methods you may like to use on this journey. Of course, as an artist, you probably have some other ideas and we encourage you to travel any path you like as you delve further into your personal aesthetic to reveal more of what makes your work unique.

We'd love to see the results and hear about your inspiration, so of course we'll welcome postings to our Flickr group page. Or leave a comment on this post detailing the steps you took and your reaction to your new work. Just enter "new challenge" into the search box at the top left of the blog and it will lead you back here. Don't have time in the near future to devote to the challenge? Bank it for a rainy day when you need a push in a new creative direction.

Possible Projects
• Go here and choose a designer who's clothes best match your design style and make a piece of jewelry to compliment your favorite outfit.
• Describe your perfect customer (write it down!) and design something for her to wear for a specific occasion, like at work, running errands, or a special evening out.
• Switch things up. If you usually work large, make something delicate; if you always use Liver of Sulfur to add color, try Prismacolor pencils, paint, or enamels. Make a piece of jewelry that you haven't tried before, like a brooch or hair ornament.
• Work with a material that you haven't used before. Go up and down the aisles in your favorite craft, art, or hardware store, to find something you'd like to play with.

Deadline: The challenge ends on June 30 and we'll post some of your responses here on July 2!

1 comment:

Janet Alexander said...

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!