This contest is to see who can create the most imaginative and also the most beautiful holiday tree ornament. There are rules of course. The most important rule is that you must use natural materials you have collected and you must assemble these materials together yourself using natural binders. No manufactured items or products are allowed. So..no glue, ribbons, paints, sequins, pins, tacks, glass, horseshoe nails, marbles…nothing that does not occur naturally in the great outdoors of the USA. However, you may take a natural occurring material and alter it to meet your needs. For instance you can whittle on a piece of tree or antler you found. You can strip nettle stems and use the fibers to decorate or hold your ornament together. You can collect fir sap and use it as a glue. You can grind natural minerals you found and add water to create pigments.
Only one entry per person, however you may request that an older item you submitted be replaced with a newer item.
Entries must be submitted by 6PM Santa Fe time on December 25th, 2014
Three judges will be selected to determine the winners.
Submittals are in the form of a photograph that shows off your creation. Remember judges will be looking at only your photo so your photo should show your entry at its very best.
There will be two prizes awarded.
one for most imaginative ornament
one for most beautiful ornament
1. Entries must be made of found, natural materials only
2. Entries must have been created by the submitter
3. One entry per person
4. Entries must be small enough and light enough to serve as a holiday tree ornament
5. All entries must have a title
HOW TO ENTER:
Email one photograph of your ornament along with the following information:
1. Screen name of the submitter
2. Title of the ornament
3. List of materials used
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will set up a page so everyone can view and comment on the entries.
We will choose judges and announce who they are.
Judges will not be allowed to submit
You may submit at any time before 6pm, Santa Fe time, on December 25th, 2014
Entries will be closed at that time. Judges will then begin selecting winners.
A prize for each category will be announced in the near future.
Forrest has added a really wonderful bonus to the contest. He will gift, one authentic, prehistoric, arrowhead from New Mexico for your valid entry in the Holiday Ornament Contest. No joke!!! You don’t have to win anything to get an arrowhead from Forrest’s collection. Just get a valid entry in this contest…no boxtops to send in, no secret messages to decode. You’ll get a cool arrowhead and a short note about what it is and where it was found….
Your ornament is considered a valid entry once your photo is actually posted on one of the entry pages to be judged. Once that happens all you have to do is send Forrest a self addressed and stamped envelope (so he can mail the arrowhead to you). Include both your real name and screen name so we can tell that your entry is valid. One arrowhead per person. Forrest said there is no way he will run out of arrowheads….
Once your ornament is posted send your arrowhead request with SASE to:
P.O. Box 8174
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Don’t forget to include both your screen name and real name.
Three Judges who will choose two winners are:
Goofy Old Guy
Forrest has generously donated two stunning prizes. These are antler fetish carvings by famed Zuni carver Teddy Weahkee (about 1890-1965).
Fetish “A” is about 7″ tall and its bundle is made-up of 2 abalone shell pendants, an olivella shell pendant and two turquoise pendants tied on with sinew.
Fetish “B” is about 6″ tall and in its bundle is a turquoise pendant, a mother of pearl pendant and a snail pendant tied on with sinew.
If you’d like to know more about Teddy Weahkee and his carvings look at these two sites:
These are pretty amazing and wonderfully historic prizes.
The judges will select the two winners. The winner of the “Most Beautiful Ornament” will get to choose which of the two prizes she/he would like.
The remaining prize will go to the winner of the “Most Imaginative Ornament”.
Remember, entries must be submitted by 6PM Santa Fe time
on December 25th, 2014.