Poor little Florian is feeling a bit sorry for himself! I entered him in to the Teddy Bear Total Golden Georges, in the Dressed Miniature category but he didn't make it to the nominees (three per category.)
Of course that is what competition is all about; sometimes the bears you lovingly craft don't make the grade. And sometimes you get that email which sends your confidence sky-high, and your smile beaming round the room. I wouldn't be human if I couldn't admit I was really disappointed about Florian - I really love all 3" of him!
Despite his flunk-out you can still visit him on the Teddy Bear Total website, where all of the entrants are displayed for each visitor's single online vote for their favourite piece. It might cheer him up a bit..... but I don't think I'll be posting him off to Germany on the offchance that the fair's visitors will pick him as their preferred choice. Instead I'm turning my sights to the brand new Excellence in Bear Artistry Awards , as hosted by the UK's Bear Basics company. I was so impressed by the sheer professionalism of the set-up and organisation, and I have a feeling this competition will quickly become highly respected.
So onwards, ever onwards! Challenging yourself is the best salve for artistic "hurt", so I've started creating my new pieces and the inspiration is flowing. Like the spider swinging on its thread I'm compelled to try, try, try again!!
T.T.F.N, Ruth xx