2021 Arctophilia Design Awards

The Arctophilia Design awards will help raise profiles and further careers of many bear makers and artists, giving credible recognition to our members vast creative talent...

This design competition is open to any bear makers, artists, or professionals who are members of our website...

 

Some of you will remember, many moons ago now, our business founder Lorraine Edwards launched the very popular TBAAF website and awards. Most of you will know after recent life hiccup she has spent the last few years slowly pursuing an independent fresh start, rebuilding her life and career. Lorraine now again wants to give a little back to this wonderful industry and the people that have helped and supported her ambitions, goals and never ending passion for the world of arts and crafts and mohair soft sculpture creations...

The Arctophilia Design Awards will be publicised and marketed by us and we ask you do your best to advertise them too...

2021 Rules Of Entry

 

 

 

 

  • The 2021 ARCTOPHILIA DESIGN AWARDS is FREE to enter!

  • To be eligible to enter you must live within in the British Isles...

 

  • You must be a logged in subscribed site member of the Arctophilia Bear Making Supplies Website. We have recently created a new and exciting member area. To join our site simply log in with your email address , then add a profile photograph this can be anything to represent you, then add a simple introduction sentence about you, maybe even add a couple of photographs of your makes to the member gallery, don't forget if you choose to do this to label them by name and as yours! Once you complete this fun task you will be be eligible to enter the awards! While logged into your site member account pages of this website will be visible that you cant normally access.  You may notice we also now have a community Forum for members to use, please feel free to use this...

  • When entering you must use your legal name, business name if you have one, address and working email address, and contact number. 

  • You do not have to make any purchases from our online web-shop to enter!

  • The work you enter must be your own creation and must be handcrafted in  2021 exclusively made for our awards.

  • You can only use your own pattern design or have permission from the pattern copyright owner to use theirs!

  • Design and make one SINGLE piece of soft sculpture to portray this years theme 'The Four Seasons'. It can be undressed or dressed or accessorised. 

  • It can be made from mohair or viscose fabrics it can be painted, shaded, embroidered or felted. 

  • You can enter one single entry in keeping with this years theme 'The Four Seasons'  you must submit three photographs of your single creation from these view points.

  1.  Front posing

  2. Side profile

  3. Back profile

E-Mail Your Photographs to us - Include your name and the name of your entry!

  • You agree to allow Arctophilia Designs to use your name and photographs.

There will be three Award Categories 'Professional' - 'Maker ' - 'Novice'.

You are a 'Professional' if you have in the past or currently make and sell bears for a payment.

You are a 'Maker' if you make for pleasure regularly and have been doing this for more than a year.

You are a 'Novice' if you have been making bears for pleasure for less than a year.

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  • After subscribing to Arctophilia Bear Making Supplies and filling in your basic profile you must then fill in the entry form and and send it to us. 

  • Then consider our theme 'The Four Seasons' and create your very best entry. 

  • We will be working hard to publicise and promote these yearly awards and we ask you help us advertise and promote the awards too. 

  • We accept no late entries that means sent after 18th December 2021! 

  • All entries will be judged by a  panel of four judges including Lorraine all work within the craft industry. 

  • You accept your work will be discussed and judged fairly solely on its creative artistic merit.

  • Finalist notifications will be made (date to be announced).

  • Winning entries will be posted on social media.

  • All prizes will be donated and awarded and honoured by Arctophilia Bear Making Supplies. 

  • Prizes cannot be used by anyone other than the award winner.

The Theme Categories & Prizes

All entries must be emailed and received by 18th December 2021!

The 2021 Arctophilia Design Awards Theme is 'The Four Seasons'

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To enter design or make one piece of soft sculpture to portray this theme.

The work you enter must be your own creation and must be handcrafted in  2021 exclusively made for our awards.

To be eligible to enter you must live within in the British Isles...

Professional Category 

Enter your very best piece of soft sculpture made from mohair or viscose fabrics...

Email us three photographs, a nice posed front view, a simple side profile and a simple back profile. 

1st Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication - £25.00 voucher - One year 10% order discount 

2nd Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication - £15.00 voucher -  One year 8% order discount 

3rd Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication - £10.00 voucher - One year 5% order discount

Maker Category 

Enter your very best piece of soft sculpture made from mohair or viscose fabrics...

Email us three photographs, a nice posed front view, a simple side profile and a simple back profile. 

1st Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication - £25.00 voucher - One year 10% order discount 

2nd Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication  - £15.00 voucher - One year 8% order discount 

3rd Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication - £10.00 voucher - One year 5% order discount 

Novice Category 

Enter your very best piece of soft sculpture made from mohair or viscose fabrics...

Email us three photographs, a nice posed front view, a simple side profile and a simple back profile. 

1st Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication - £25.00 voucher - One year 10% order discount 

2nd Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication - £15.00 voucher - One year 8% order discount 

3rd Place Award - Certificate - Social media publication - £10.00 voucher - One year 5% order discount 

Disclaimer

Please read this notice before you enter. You will only enter if you agree to this disclaimer notice and all of the the awards competition rules...

  • Arctophilia Designs, Arctophilia Bear Making Supplies and the competition judges reserve the right to delay or cancel the awards if we deem necessary for any reason without being held legally responsible for any physical or mental discomfort, harm or any other claim that may arise with regard to anyone.

  • Arctophilia Designs, Arctophilia Bear Making Supplies and the competition judges cannot and will not be held legally responsible for any physical or mental discomfort, harm or any other claim that may arise with regard to anyone  including their families or businesses as a result of entering 'The Arctophilia Design Awards' competition in any way. 

  • Arctophilia Designs, Arctophilia Bear Making Supplies will not be held legally responsible in any way for any of the information, links, photographs or entries that are submitted to us.

  • We reserve the right to change alter any part of the awards, its site pages and dates as we deem necessary. 

  • You agree the winners are chosen by the judging panel and winners are accepted as so with public no discussion. 

  • You agree and acknowledge we will use your photographs and name on the internet, we also link to you if you have asked us too...

  • WE DO NOT SHARE YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION

The 2021 Judges

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Lorraine Edwards

 Artist and Designer 

Lorraine has worked as an award winning artist and designer in varying art forms. She is the founder of a Arctophilia Bear Making Supplies. 

Website 

Contact

Sabrina Edwards

Artist

Sabrina lives and works in North Wales she is a fully qualified teacher. She now successfully works as a multi talented illustrator and portrait artist. 

Website 

Sue Woodhouse

Miniature Bear Artist 

Sue is an award winning miniature bear artist. She became the driving force behind 'Tedy Bach Hug'. Now retired she organises ABC Teddy Miniature Bear Club.

ABC Bear Club

Stephanie Lester 

Fibre Artist

Stephanie is a renowned expert in colour, shape and form. Her artwork is focused on the field of realistic soft fibre sculpture. 

Website 

The Judges Selection Process

  • The judges will individually study every entry in the awards.

  • Each Judge will then choose six of their favourite entries from each single category section, using their own expert judgement of originality, design quality, form and colour.

  • Each of the judges six favourite entries will then be classed as finalists in the Arctophilia Design Awards.

  • All finalists will be Notified by 10th October.

  • All finalists will be promoted and published as such on this website, this is an proud achievement in itself. 

  • Towards the end of the year DATE TO BE CONFIRMED the judges will then have a meeting to assess and discuss each entry and its merits, the day will end with a final vote in each category to confirm the final chosen nine 2021 award winners. 

  • Award winners will be notified DATE TO BE CONFIRMED 

  • All award winners will be promoted and published with an editorial promotion on this website.

  • Certificates, and prizes will be issued and posted. 

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