September 27th, 2017
YOU DID IT !!!
YOU DID IT!!!
It's been wonderful travelling with you on a journey around the world crammed full of creative endeavours!
Over the course of the last six weeks, you have proven time after time that your love for art and crafts knows no borders and that you are ready to take on any creative challenge.
It’s been 45 days of sharing new ideas, discovering new techniques and swooning over each other’s marvellous creations! We have truly loved every single piece of artwork; there has been such a diversity with each one different from the next, but all full of feeling, imbued with love and positive energy.
All your beautiful work made us forget about the trials and tribulations of everyday life and put the broadest of smiles on our faces – and we still haven’t stopped smiling!
We have had literally over a THOUSAND of pieces of artwork posted on the AALL & Create Fanatics group and our email inbox has been inundated every day with dozens of entries. Now the final deadline has passed and you can all put your feet up and relax while we start to get busy over the next couple of weeks deliberating over all the fabulous entries, voting and whittling down to the winners for each category and the judges’ special awards for individual outstanding entries. We can’t wait to see who the winners will be of ITAC’17!
You have made ITAC’17 a truly superb event and you have inspired the AALL & Create team to step up to the mark and do all we can to keep on supporting you and bringing you the best projects and ideas from the best and most exciting artists to keep you enthused and above all to keep you creating!
On behalf of the AALL & Create Team
Our artists also want to express their thanks to you and share these messages with you;
I see hundreds of projects every day in my line of work, but the ones created for ITAC literally took my breath away. The styles, colours, textures, and mediums were so varied, representing each individual perfectly. This is one of the most beautiful contests/challenges I've participated in literally and figuratively. I love how people from all over the world were brought together because of a simple love for artistic expression. Let's continue to celebrate our similarities and our differences. That's what makes the world go round!
This was such a fun tournament – the variety of entries was outstanding and the incredible talent has been so inspiring.
I am honoured to be with ITAC2017 with talented artists.
Above all, I was really glad to share the works and tutorial of themes.
It is very difficult to vote for the works of many participants.
We will make the best choice, and I can't wait for it!
Thanks to all who shared the inspiration.
I feel so honoured to have been asked to contribute to this year’s ITAC. Humbled too by the talented artists I shared the challenge with. Thank you to Autour de Mwa and co. who have put so much work, especially behind the scenes, into the whole project and making it fun and inspiring.
As I now look back at the art produced, not only by my teammates but by the artists who entered their pieces into the challenge, I am indeed in awe of the talent and ideas that have sprung forth.
My piece for the final challenge was a very different experience as I made it when, for the first time in over a decade, I had no art studio and just a handful of materials to hand. I was moving my art space and the deadline fell right in the middle of the chaos.
I pulled out a page in my journal and worked completely on the hoof. It was a liberating and exciting way to produce art. Something I can now bring to my future pieces, now that I am successfully installed in my new room, surrounded by my precious art supplies again.
I have really enjoyed the ITAC experience, bringing together like-minded individuals from all over the world has been a delight to be a part of. The challenges really gave me the opportunity to think outside the box and the freedom to just create with any products of my choice.
The entrants have blown me away, the diversity has been absolutely fantastic. Everyone has really taken on board having fun and just creating and enjoying the process. All the entrants have really bought fantastic designs to the table, along with some wonderful stories behind their art and picking winners is going to be a difficult task.
I would like to thank everyone for making this such a wonderful fun experience.
I would like to thank Autour de Mwa for allowing me to participate in such a wonderful and inspiring event. I've enjoyed seeing the amazing projects and how each challenge inspired you to create. Please do not stop creating and connecting with your fellow artist and friends. The world is but a small blue ball and we are all connected in one way or another. That is what makes every day a blessing.
It was such a pleasure to be part of this tournament and to have the opportunity to view such a wide variety of artistic creations from all the participants. I loved seeing all the unique interpretations of each location and was especially excited by the submissions for the Grand Final, all of which channelled harmony and unity in such a special way. It is certainly going to be a big challenge to choose among the entries and select my favourites. Thanks to all the participants for making my job as a judge so hard!
Here's a huge thank you to everyone who has participated in the challenge... from the organizers to the artists to the entrants! It has been an incredible journey jam-packed with inspiration and TOGETHERNESS. It was such a unique opportunity, and it makes me so happy that it was so well received. Voting will be tough... but I have faith in knowing that we're all winners just by being a part of the International Tournament of Art & Craft. Here's too artsy fingers forever!
It's been a great experience to dive into mixed media world with you guys. I want to thank each and every one of you. I have discovered very many new talented artists as well as inspiring art, new techniques and clever approaches to each challenge. I hope we'll do a similar tour again someday! Thank you!"
WoW, a wonderful journey shared with friends, oodles of creativity, so many amazing entries voting is going to be so hard.
The invitation and opportunity to collaborate with creatives from all over the world for ITAC2017 was an honour and a complete blast! Seeing all of the creativity it generated is mind-blowing! Thank you to Ab, the amazing creative team members and all of the fabulous creatives who entered!
It has been an absolute honour to be associated with this uber grand craft tournament ITAC2017.We are overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of the submissions we have received and I'm sure it's going to be a very difficult task to select "the Champion" of the tournament!!
I can't believe that's over !! ITAC was a great adventure for me and being able to inspire you among those amazing artists it was a great honour. Thank you for such an amazing response to this project I loved each creation that was made for challenges and I hope that all of you had an amazing time with us. I will continue to play along with AALL and Create and I hope you guys will stay with us for all those projects that are coming up.
Thank you so much for Aallandcreate for allowing me to be a part of such an awesome Tournament. And the results....so many incredible pieces of creative goodness. A superb world of artists sharing colour, talents and passions.
Wow! What a ride! I can't quite believe we have completed the trip around the whole world. It was such a joy to be a part of this fantastic inter-continental adventure. To see all of the amazing art has made 2017 a summer to remember. Thanks to everyone who took part and joined us on this fantastic journey.
Meeting people, coming together and sharing a passion for crafting is what makes me happy. This tournament has done just that and I'm overjoyed to have been a part of it.
When we started out on this venture I was amazed by the wonderful diversity of the team that had been gathered together to coordinate ITAC'17 - creative people from around the whole world, brought together by AALL & Create.
Taking part has allowed to discover some amazing people and to get an insight into their creative worlds. I am so happy to have been able to be a part of these last few months of bursting creative activity.
Each week I took enormous pleasure in showing you my interpretation of each challenge and I couldn't wait to see my colleagues' tutorials. Then the time came to discover all of the fabulous entries created by our participants. We were sent hundreds of artworks, all of them stunningly beautiful, luminous, energetic, profound and original.
Now that the tournament is over we are left with the hardest of tasks: deciding how to place all the entries in the judging! But believe me, each and every creation deserves the first prize in my eyes!
Thank you to everyone for having taken part in the wonderful experience of ITAC'17!
What an awesome journey the ITAC has been these past few weeks. I have learned so much from each of you and am so grateful to be a part of this amazing artistic community. I am stunned at all the talent from the artists/judges and even more in awe of all these beautiful entries! There is enough inspiration here to last me the rest of the year! Thank you all so much! Now, on to the really tough part...the judging.
HOW ABOUT YOU? We love feedback! Have you got any comments you would like to make about the ITAC’17 tournament?
*The results of the tournament and details of the winners will be published in the coming weeks, but meanwhile look out for a post at the end of the week with all the results of the prize giveaways over the last six weeks.