Saturday, March 16, 2013

National Scholastic Announcement

Hello everyone!  I just I found out yesterday that I received a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for Photography.  Below is the photograph that received the award.  

Title:  Going Tanning.

I can't believe that this has been my last year of Scholastics.  I've been entering since the 8th grade and I think I might be lost next January, since I won't have the Scholastic deadline to finish anymore.  If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I'm always scrambling those two weeks in January before the deadline.  I guess this just means that I'll have to find a new deadline to run around for.

If you're in high school or know of someone in high school I highly recommend entering the Scholastic Art and Writing competition.  Scholastics is so much more than just an award; it's something that has pushed myself to strive for a new level in my art every year.  It's challenged me to think outside the box and give me a goal to work towards.  I don't think that my artwork would be in the same place right now without the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, and for that I am truly grateful.  

I also wanted to say how blessed I am to have such amazing Regional Scholastic Affiliates, Max Meyer and Joslyn Elliot of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.  They've helped me and so many other students by making sure that we're able to continue our dream of pursuing art.  Max was even the one who introduced me to film-making, because he saw how I work so visually with my photography and he thought that I'd like it and he was right.  They take a personal interest in all of us and I'm so thankful for that support.

^Max and Joslyn while in New York City last year

Last night was the regional Formal/Funky Party with all the students who entered Scholastics or for anyone else who wanted to come.  It was so much fun getting to meet and talk with all the talented students who were there, and also I loved having another chance to check out everyone's work.  

^ I made the dress that I'm wearing.  I post a lot of my design process photos on Instagram if you'd like to check it out.

I have a couple new garments to show you all soon.  My laptop is down right now so I'm waiting for it to be fixed until I can edit and post the photos.  Hopefully I'll have it fixed sometime next week.  Until then, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and more sewing projects to come soon! 

P.S.  I also thought I'd mention that I received the First Place Platinum Award for Fashion Design in Savannah College of Art and Design's Challenge.  Below is the dress that received the award.


  1. I love that last black and red dress! Congratulations for your award too, you deserve it!

  2. You're half my age but a real inspiration! God has blessed you with a wonderful talent.

  3. Congrats! you definitely deserve it!

  4. Wow, that's fantastic! congratulations on both of the awards, well deserved. Can't wait to see your new projects.

  5. Congratulations! So well deserved.

  6. Wow - you are so cool - so talented! You deserve it!

  7. you are such an inspiration! I'm just getting into sewing and reading this makes me want to work at it so much more! Your blog is incredible.

    Oakley Seal

  8. I don't know how to ask you in another way so I post it in this comment secion:
    Would you mind if I reblog some photos of your Kollabora account or your blog if I link correctly back to you?

    Diana :)

    1. If you mind, please write me and I'll remove the picture! :)

    2. Hi Diana! Yes, that's totally fine for you to reblog my photos! Thank you for asking :)

  9. You're an inspiring person, Esther! Congratulations on the Prizes! Who knows what adventures may lie ahead of you, perhaps next January is filled with a myriad of other interesting ventures.

  10. That red dress. Gorgeous. I love your aesthetic.