Wednesday, January 5, 2011

W.E.S.T. Design Challenge: January Inspiration

Welcome to the first design challenge! The inspiration topic for this month is "Winter Forest".

If that conjures up woodland animals, trees, secret hiding places or winter fashion and accessories, you'll be right on track with etsy's hot topics for January. Don't feel limited, though! The goal is to challenge yourself, get inspired and convey "winter forest" in a way that's meaningful to you.

Each month we will post the "inspiration" on the blog. Your job is to take that inspiration in whatever direction your imagination leads. This is a great way to connect with the local community, promote your items, challenge your creativity, and explore your artistic vision.
We will be coordinating the monthly inspiration with etsy's marketing and merchandising directives for the month (available in the Storque). This can help give a boost to the visibility of your store and items if you choose to list your entry in your etsy shop.

Here's how it works. Check the ning and blog at the start of the month to get the inspiration topic. As you mull over what that particular idea means to you, jot down some notes in the discussion thread or leave a comment on the blog. Take pictures of your process and finished item and post them in the thread or in the Flickr group (with the tag W.E.S.T._dc). We would love to hear the story behind how you arrived at your finished object! I will blog the results of each month's challenge. Hopefully we'll be able to put together a treasury of the items, as well.
A few notes: Create something especially for the challenge. Entries for each month should be finished by the last day of the month. Vintage and supply sellers are welcome to participate, too, with a focus on artful photography and careful choice of item.
Good luck! I hope this inspires you, and I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

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