Attention: crafters, tailors, seamstresses, knitters, sculptors, painters, all artisans and their supporters! This Emily Bethke Memorial Foundation seeks to inspire creativity and craftwork within the Harry Potter fandom through highlighting the work of one craftsman each year at a Harry Potter conference. Emily Bethke spent much of her time and energy to creating clever and beautiful things revolving around Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. These projects brought joy and fun to her life and those who shared it with her. This foundation directly benefits those who bring creativity to the Harry Potter fan community.
After losing our friend, we wanted to do something that would both honor her life and support something that she cared deeply about. Emily loved to infuse her creativity with humor and personality. We thought that there would be no better way than to design this award in her name and showcase the wonder work of Harry Potter Crafters everywhere.
The purpose of this award is to inspire creativity and craftwork within the Harry Potter fandom. Nominating yourself and others will help our fandom celebrate the talent and heart behind the creation of HP craft. Crafters of any age using whatever media they chose (needlework, clay, paper mache, stain glass, woodwork, etc) to create 3D art inspired by the Harry Potter canon.
The Emily Bethke Memorial Foundation will present one winner with a unique award created by hand at Infinitus. Winners will also receive a prize of $300 as a scholorship to cover registration to the conference. The winner will also be featured on the foundation website, showcasing their crafts and creations.
Applicants should submit a digital portfolio via the email link on the website along with a completed nomination form. The portfolio should include photos of their works along with a brief description of the method and materials used. Crafters may include no more than 6 individual projects that they have created on their own. The panel of judges will select 5 final contestants. The finalists will be asked to create a new craft using a theme from canon as well as complete an essay under 500 words on “Why I Craft Harry”.
Entrants are encouraged to show their diversity in their portfolios. The deadline to enter has been extended; digital portfolio must be submitted by June 22nd, 2010. The finalists will be notified by June 30th, 2010. The 5 final contestants will be showcased as part of the craft fair and art gallery at the Infinitus conference and the winner will chosen through a combination of attendee votes and panelist votes. The winner will be announced at the Infinitus Leaving Feast on July 18th, 2010.
For more details and to enter go to: www.emilybethkefoundation.org