Shear Madness Quarterly Challenge #2: “Thing-a-ma-bobs? I’ve Got 20!”

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The first Quarterly Challenge is almost over, so it is time to start thinking about the next ones.   They are:

2.  ”Thing-a-ma-bobs?  I’ve got 20!” – The accessories challenge!  Hats, ruffs, wigs, shoes, bags – it all happens here!  (January – April 2014)

3.  ”Clean-up in Aisle 10!” – Costumes made with items not found at craft or fabric stores.  Hardware stores, office supply, junk-yards, you name it!  (April – July 2014)

4.  ”Who Needs Fabric Anyway?”  – Costumes made using non-fabric in place of fabric, or making completely different fabric out of other fabric, roving, etc..  Think the trash bag fashion of “Derelicte” from the movie “Zoolander,” felted sweaters as fabric, etc.  (July – October 2014)

5.  “Popping Tags – Thrifty Costume” – Costumes made almost exclusively of thrifted and manipulated ready-to-wear garments. (October 2014 – January 2015)

6.  “Twisted Historicals” – Costumes made using a historical genre as a base.  A Betty Boop Elizabethan, Steampunk Victorian, etc.  Must have a historical shape to it.  (January 2015 – April 2015)

7.  “The $50 Challenge” – You can spend no more than $50 on a costume.  Show us your frugality!  (April 2015 – July 2015)

Challenge #2 starts January 3, 2014 and runs till April 4, 2014.  The rules of the challenge are very similar to those of the first challenge:

1.  UPDATE:  The item must have been made within the time period of 1/1/2013 – 4/3/2014.

2.  75% of the item must have been made by YOU.  Thrifted items that have been significantly altered qualify as made by you.  Wigs and other items that are purchased for the accessory would qualify in the 25% if there is a significant amount added to the wig.  We want to see your crafty creativity!

3.  The item MUST qualify as an accessory.  It cannot be an entire garment, but instead a hat, a wig, a pair of gloves, an amazing belt or necklace, anything that would accompany an outfit. It can be an original piece, it can be inspired by another, it can be modeled after something seen in a portrait, comic, etc.

4.  The item cannot be a duplicate of an item that is advertised in a store unless the store item was an inspiration and yours is radically different.  No knock-offs of other people’s work, please.  Everyone is entitled to their own ideas, and we want to see yours – not a copy of someone else’s.

5.  You need to submit 1-5 photos to Laura on FB no later than midnight CST on April 3, 2014.  Please also include a photo or link to any inspiration images, and a brief description of why you decided to create this particular accessory.  Include any problems you had to solve, any new things you tried and any creative solutions to problems that you came up with.

6.  Contestants can share the progress of their accessories on their blogs, or on the Shear Madness page, but it is NOT required.

7.  Contestants can sign up at any time.  Simply send your name, the kind of accessory you are creating, and a valid email to Laura via FB email any time prior to April 3rd.

8.  HAVE FUN.  This is not something we want you to agonize over.  This is to be a fun and inspiring challenge for you as a costumer.  And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished, oh well!  Submit what you have.  We just want to see what you were working on!

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced on April 7, 2014.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges.  All winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive Shear Madness Rosette Award Ribbons:

This ribbon is acting as a stunt ribbon until the real ribbon is back from the manufacturer (aka after I finish making it).

This ribbon is acting as a stunt ribbon until the real ribbon is back from the manufacturer (aka after I finish making it).  There is no Agility Trial in this challenge.

The first prize winner will also receive the perfect accessory for any costumer:  a scissors dagger.

How cool is THIS?  FYI - I have one of these and they are SHARP.

How cool is THIS? FYI – I have one of these and they are SHARP.

The Sisters Brimm  have also donated a fascinator clip style hat to the 1st place winner of the challenge.  The hat will have a theme and a story behind it, as all of their headpieces do.

Gift certificates for the winners from The Historical Hairdresser are being given to the 1st ($20), 2nd ($10) and 3rd ($5) place winners.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page from April 7 to July 6, 2014.

The judges for this project are amazing costumers.  Each has extensive background in costuming in different genres and are excited to see what you come up with.

Judge #1 is Noel Gieleghem, co-mod of Elizabethan Costume on FB which has 3,500+ members.  Noel has been costuming for over 30 years and is the undisputed expert on the Elizabethan Ruff.   Noel says about his favorite accessory:  ”Ruffs are my favorite accessory because they make everyone look great and make people smile in spite of themselves. They’re just too silly not to love!”

Noel wearing some of his favorite accessories:  RUFFS.

Noel wearing some of his favorite accessories: RUFFS.

More ruffs than you can shake a stick at!

More ruffs than you can shake a stick at!

Judge #2 is Tracy Gomez of http://www.thehistoricalhairdresser.com/.  Tracy is a professional wig and hair-stylist and has been the stylist for various films and theatrical productions.  Tracy says about her favorite accessory:  ”I love wigs and hairpieces. As a historical costumer and later a licensed hairdresser. I have married my 2 loves hair and history!  I do plenty of fantasy hairstyles too…”

Tracy as Cruella de Vil.

Tracy as Cruella de Vil.

Because EVERYONE should have a tiara.

Because EVERYONE should have a tiara.

Judge #3 is Truly Carmichael of http://trulyhats.com/http://www.trulyhats.blogspot.com/, and http://trulycarmichael.com/.  Truly is an award-winning professional costumer and milliner who holds advanced degrees in garment construction and millinery. Truly says about her favorite accessory:  ”Without a doubt, my favorite accessories would be hats. When you put on a hat you adopt an unmistakable attitude. They change the way we move, the way we talk, and the way we feel about ourselves. The right hat accents our best features and is the transformative finishing touch on almost any ensemble..”

Truly in one of her lovely hats.

Truly in one of her lovely hats.

Hats inspire the RAWK in people.

Hats inspire the RAWK in people.

So mark your calendars for April 3, 2014 and get your creative juices flowing!  A second post will be coming soon with examples of different accessories.

Challenge #2 begins January 3rd!

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2 thoughts on “Shear Madness Quarterly Challenge #2: “Thing-a-ma-bobs? I’ve Got 20!”

  1. Ray Dean says:

    how exciting… I have no idea what to make but i want to do something !!!!

    i love the ruffs, btw… you should change the label under it to “More ruffs than you can shake a schtick at :D”

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