Artisan Search 2012 - Rules and FAQ's

artisan searchEvery issue of Cloth Paper Scissors has amazing art that is submitted by our talented readers. Once again, we're in search of the best mixed-media artists around, and this year we're going international! So, get your muse in gear; set out your paints and mediums, sewing machines, fabric, papers, and scissors, bone folders and gel pens; and get creative. One winner will be chosen in each of the following five categories: Mixed-media Stitch, Art Journaling and Bookmaking, Printmaking and Surface Design, Mixed-media Jewelry, and Collage and Assemblage.

To enter, simply choose one of the five Artisan categories (Mixed-media Stitch, Art Journal and Book Making, Printmaking and Surface Design, Mixed-media Jewelry, and Collage and Assemblage) and create three different pieces of art for that category. Send us one full-page photograph and 1-2 detail shots of each piece. To give your entry the best chance of being accurately evaluated, please make sure the photographs are well lit, clear, and printed on photo-quality paper. Please label the back of each photo with: your full name, address, phone number, the Artisan category you are entering, the title of your artwork, and your user name. Send your entry to: Cloth Paper Scissors, ATTN: 2012 Artisan Search, P.O. Box 685, Stow, MA 01775.

We cannot accept email entries this year. If you have questions about the contest, please email with "Artisan Entry" in the subject line, or write to us at the above address. We encourage you to upload photos of your three pieces of art to the appropriate category in the Artisan 2012 gallery
at When uploading your art, we recommend using your"lastname, art title" when naming your piece. This will make it easier for community members to find your specific art, and to locate the art of finalists and Artisans. 

All entries must be received by 5:00 P.M. EST on August 29, 2011. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Interweave employees are not eligible to participate. You may enter more than one category, but only one submission per category will be accepted.

Twenty-five semifinalists (five in each of the five categories) will be selected by Cloth Paper Scissors® and Interweave staff and announced on September 7, 2011, on Editor Jenn Mason’s blog at All 25 semifinalists will be contacted by email and required to ship their original art to the Cloth Paper Scissors offices by October 5, 2011. Artwork will be kept for up to one year, with all art returned to artists by November 2012.

The semifinalists’ artwork will be judged by a special panel, and the Artisan 2012 winners will be announced October 14, 2011, by Editorial Director Pokey Bolton and Editor Jenn Mason on their blogs at For more information and to obtain a CPS community username, visit

Artisan search 2012 Calling all artists—the search is on! By entering the Cloth Paper Scissors® Artisan 2012 search, you are authorizing Interweave Press LLC to publish your art in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our website, and in other Interweave e-media, as well as possibly display it at shows. Interweave Press LLC will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.


Q: Can the art I enter be work that has been previously published?

A: No; it is important that the art you enter has not been published anywhere else.

Q: Is it rue that you are accepting international entries for the 2012 Artisan Search?

A: Yes.We are very excited to be able to open the contest to international artists this year.

Q: Can the art I upload be previously posted on my blog or website?

A: Yes.

Q: Does my art need to be free of any images which may be under copyright by another person?

A: Yes; it is important to respect copyright. Unless you have the expressed written permission of the person or party that holds the copyright, do not include any copyrighted images in your work. 

Q: Do you have any suggestions for photographing my artwork?

A: Try shooting your art in indirect natural light. Turn off the flash. If you have a small piece, try using the “macro” setting on your camera. Always shoot against a white or neutral background. Remember you want these pictures to show us your art in the best light. If you don’t think the photos are  good, we probably won’t either. We’d hate to miss out on really great art because we only had dark or blurry images to look at.

Q: If I win, what would I receive?

A: Each of the five category winners will receive the title of Artisan 2012 and with that all the rights and privileges that accompany such a distinction, including: a feature in our On Our Radar artist spotlight, recognition in all Cloth Paper Scissors® social-media outlets, and potential editorial opportunities for the 2012 calendar year.

Q: Can I enter more than one category?

A: You are welcome to enter a complete submission to more than one category, but you can only win in one category, and you can only enter each category once.