Teeny Project Runway: A Contest!
February 8, 2008
Dear beloved nutcase readers,
Kay and I are proud to announce the first-ever
Teeny Project Runway.
I had a revelation last week during a spasm of knitting for fake chickens to decorate the cast party cake for Second Grade Puppet Show. As I sat there, frantically cooking up outfits for fake chickens, I watched Project Runway, mesmerized as ever. I realized that I had found a way to wallow in the joy of designing clothes. For teeny clients who couldn’t complain.
If you have watched this Bravo reality series, you too have thought: Gee, that would be fun. Or you’ve thought: Shoot, I could do that, too. Or you’ve thought: I don’t sew, never will, and feh on all that.
Well, with this contest, you can (at last!) let out your inner Armani.
Create a garment that perfectly suits your client. Get to know your client, make the most of your client’s assets and minimize the less-than-perfect parts. Fabulousness is key here. Make your client fabulous.
Your choice of NON-BEAR, non-human stuffed animal, statue, figurine, taxidermy, whatever.
It can be any size from teeny to a maximum of 24″ (60 cm). We don’t care what sort of animal it is, so long as it’s not a bear. No offense to the bear knitters out there, but we want to see couture for the other species. (Go Google “bear knitting,” and you’ll see what we mean. There’s no new ground to break there.) For those of you who are jonesing to dress your taxidermy bear that Grandpa Phil shot sixty years ago, we’re just impressed that you have access to a stuffed dead bear. But you still can’t dress it for this contest. Especially if it’s bigger than 24″.
Now. Your garment must be completely your own creation. Nothing made from a pattern. Nothing removed from a Build-a-Bear, even if you put it on a rabbit. And we shouldn’t have to tell you this, but no American Girl doll accessories.
The garment must be knitted. Crocheters can go make up their own contest.
Use whatever yarn, whatever materials you like.
Embellishments are allowed, as long as the clear majority of the garment is knitted. Remember: bad trim has doomed many a Project Runway garment. Use it for good, not evil.
How to Enter
Take one perfect, iconic photograph of your client wearing its garment. Pretend you’re Richard Avedon. Email your photo.
One entry per person.
Noon Central Standard Time, Monday, February 25.
The winner will be selected by the mighty, taste-filled readers of Mason-Dixon Knitting. It’s like American Idol! Only weirder!
The entries will be posted online. Likely a Flickr group. Readers will have 24 hours to choose their favorite design. We will have two rounds of voting: Round 1 including all the entries, The Finals with the top five entries.
Semi-immortality. A photograph of the winning entry will appear in our forthcoming book, Mason-Dixon Knitting: Outside the Lines. That is, if we can persuade our publisher to let us do this, which is very likely given that they’re probably going to be off at some sales conference next month anyway. In the event that we can’t beat the deadline, the winner will receive a swellerific prize that will include (of courser) delicious, squishy yarn.
Time is short, designers. You have 17 days to dress your client. Make it cluck!
PS If you have a question about the rules, please leave a comment and I’ll respond.