Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2009 TOBY's and commiserations to those of us who didn't quite make the final cut. Anyone care to join me in publishing their non-nominated 2009 TOBY entry?
I entered 24" 'Primrose and her duckling' into the 'Large Bears Undressed' category.
Paula, Kim, Peta your bears are stunning! You know it all boils down to personal preference by a small number of judges....had there been different judges the outcome would be very different. It must be extremely difficult for them. I wish the magazines would dedicate and publish ALL of the entires!!! After all the public and artists would love it and I think it would increase the value of the magazine n....like a special collectors edition.........look at all the fees they collect they collect from this competition...so why not, right?
BEAUTIFUL WORK LADIES :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Ohhhh wow!!!! I know I certainly wouldn't want to be a judge and have to choose between them!
Paula, kim, peta your bears are amazing! They are winners in my eyes that's for sure!!! Like Judi said it all boils down to the judges preferences, but I also would love to see all the entrie published!!!
I think it takes a lot to even enter into competitions, just putting your work out there, striving to make a creation that you deem worthy enough makes you a winner, whether the judges pick them or not!!
I entered a few this year, mostly in the same category since making animals other than bears I don't have much choice, but did enter this little bear who wasn't nominated... Oh well I will keep entering animals but will leave the bears to you guys!!!
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Paula, Kim, and Peta, thank your for posting your wonderful entries!!!! Well done!!I do hope everyone who was nominated will post their pictures in the other thread, and that everyone who was passed over this year will post here so we can see them all. Looking at the fantastic works posted in the Industry's Choice winners thread, I said to myself, "Well no wonder mine didn't get a nod with such incredible competition".
But this thread is like medicine for a bruised ego. (Thanks for starting it Paula!) My bears and I are pleased to share a thread with Paula Carter's fantastic All Bear (always favorites of mine) and the stunning and original needle felted creations of Kim Russel, and Peta's impressive tiny open mouthed panda!
Here are mine---the first time I've ever entered more than one.
And Polar Santa
Judi, Tami you're so right about seeing ALL the entries! I know I would love to see all the entries in the magazine, whether they have been nominated or not! Wouldn't it be a great way of helping to promote the standard for this competition ... I often wonder if the magazine readers ever completely realise just how difficult it is to be placed in the TOBYS and what an achievement it is to be nominated in the face of such strong competition.
Tami, I'm guessing we must have been sharing a category ... your work is so beautiful - I certainly don't mind being cast aside with your fabulous bear! In fact, it's an honour! :clap:
:clap: :clap: :clap: Lovely bears ladies. :clap: :clap: :clap: I certainly wouldn't want to be a judge and have to choose between them. It would have been a very difficult job for them. Like Judy said.... it would be great if the magazine could publish ALL of the entries.
Wow they are all great...Tami..I just can't believe yours weren't picked...they're superb ...Congrats to those who did make it. I have to say with all the slurry I have been struggling through my heart wasn't in it this year...and though I was delighted with my bears I never thought we'd be lucky ...oh well....c'est la vie, eh girls?
Here are mine...Anna, the big blonde bear and Apple Blossom my small bear entry.
All these truly wonderful, charming, and not-nominated pieces really illustrate the point that it's not the "good" work that receives notice and the "bad" work that goes home empty-handed in these contests. Any one of these pieces -- heck, all of them -- could proudly call itself "nominee" this year, and no one would be the wiser, based on quality and charm.
These bears are incredible, ladies; thanks so much, really, for sharing them.
What a wonderful idea - thanks! I love seeing everyone's entries. All of them are fabulous and everyone should be incredibly proud. I certainly wouldn't want the job of judging these competitions. Judi is absolutely right - "it all boils down to personal preference by a small number of judges....had there been different judges the outcome would be very different". I also think that viewing the other incredible bears that weren't nominated helps soothe the disappointment, when you see the calibre of the talent in all of the pieces. I would also love it if they published pics of all the entries. Fabulous work, everyone!!!
Congrats to all that have been nominated.
Very hard competition with a lot of lovely bears missing out.
I missed out this year but will try again next year.
My good friend Laraine White was lucky enough to be nominated so I took her out for lunch today.
Here is my bear that missed out
Kim, those entries are magnificent ... such incredible detailing creating fabulous contemporary character - outstanding. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Wow, thank you Paula, what a wonderful and inspiring comment :hug:
I too would love to see everyone's entries published, what a great idea :clap:
Too many outstanding pieces to choose from, it really would have been a hard job to pick the final nominees