Just 5 days until the Rubbish Renewed garment design submission deadline, and entries are beginning to roll in. It’s not how far along my garment is or isn’t that usually keeps me from submitting early, it’s the name. I’m not sure what makes that so hard for me, or even why it’s important, but somehow I always find coming up with the perfect name a barrier to submission.
I think it stems from my childhood. Every time my dad, an expert in native arts, would complete a new book, our family would spend hours sitting around the dinner table brainstorming titles. We usually started with serious ideas then quickly digressed into puns or silly names only loosely connected. In the end, the publisher rarely used our creative titles, but instead named the book something dry and what we thought, insignificant. I digress . . .
This year I’m submitting early, and that is, today. I’m ready with photos of completed sections of the garment showing how I’m manipulating materials, and since I’m not finished, clear sketches of the front and back. I have a name (even if not perfect), and a short written description (3-5 sentences) of my piece -materials, inspiration, and connection to the mission. All I have to do is fill out the online application, pay my $20 submission fee using the Paypal link, and email my photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now I can spend my spare moments this week working on the garment, not on stressing about the submission deadline.
We can’t wait to see what you’re creating!