Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Splendour in the Grass Diorama-rama-off 2011

What started as a drunken joke, has evolved into a fully fledged competition. There's nothing I enjoy more than a yee old dual. Inspired from the 'my car's a unicorn, what's yours?' game, where Splendour punters are invited to dress their cars up,(FYI ours will be sporting a moustache) Nathan and I will be having our very own face off, through the long-lost art of dioramas. Our email banter explains more...
ME: Hello competitor, hope you are well*. Just thought I’d outline the terms and conditions of the official Splendour diorama-rama-off-2011. Please feel free to contribute if I have missed something. The rules -

  • Judging will take place the day of departure, Thursday the 28th of July. Contestants must bring their dioramas with them on the trip.
  • The judging panel will consist of the Splendour crew. Although this crew is complied of friends, these friends must judge dioramas objectively on creative merit, artistic integrity, originality and relevance to competition theme. Monetary and / or food bribes (i.e. lifetime supply of Pie Face / Mad Mex / Guzmen and Gomez if you swing that way) will result in immediate expulsion from the competition.
  •  The dioramas must embrace the theme of ‘Splendour in the Grass 2011.’
  • A regular sized shoe box is only allowed. No fancy pants big cardboard boxes are permitted. 
  • There will be no external help whatsoever. That means using no sisters who are clever art teachers, brothers who are engineers and can make cool explosions or interns and work experience kids with a handy knack for crochet and knitting – it must be made with your hands only.
  • Contestants have until the 28th of July to complete their project and may begin now.
* Not really. I hope you’re coming down with a crippling finger disease that riddles your diorama making digits disabled.

NATHAN: Greetings fellow competitor! I too, hope that you are well*. I'm happy with the rules outlined below, but I think the judging should take place at the house, where we can put our fine works of art on full display and the (10) judges can take their time to look over our creative treasures. The winner should be announced prior to leaving for the first day of the festival. This will allow sufficient "in your face" gloating opportunities for the winner, whilst providing a full evening of critique from our peers.

Tools down on 28th of July though, prior to departure. I agree that assembly must be by our own hand, but what of creative input and sound boarding? Are we able to run ideas past our friends or is that a no-no? May the best diorama-er win!
* I also secretly hope that your delicate diorama fingers are hideously disfigured in a freak accident involving piano fall board (the lid that covers the keys), car doors or angry mobsters with ball peen hammers -- Nathan.

ME: Hey chump, valid ideas – you're right, more exciting to judge the first morning of Splendour! Then way more time to boast etc. And yes, no sneaky editing in the car ride up there. 

I am concerned that there’s 10 judges – we need an uneven number, what happen if it’s 5 all? How would we settle it? I think it’s fine to bounce creative ideas off buddies. 

Haha I can't believe this is actually happening, so excited - not enough arts and crafts in the community I say. BRING BACK THE DIORAMA! Totes going to Lincraft this weekend. AB
NATHAN: We can easily work 9 judges. My friend Adam is just chillin' in the house and not actually going to the festival, so he can be removed from the 'Splendour Crew'. Odd numbers now, with a clear winner - me.
I think that's the rules sorted. I've got my shoe box (normal size), so we're all good to go. Arts and crafts should not be limited to those under 10. We're doing our bit to bring fun back to the masses. *high five*.  Good luck. 
UPDATE: since this communication, we have agreed our dioramas must be presented with a 1 minute speech, primary school style. Ohhh yeah! Bring it on!

Watch your back Nate Dog.

1 comment:

  1. Nathan, this is your mother. You are artistic, stylish and absolutely ruthless. Your last diorama - Voyage of the Dawntreader, was magnificent, especially the bits your Dad did for you. Go for it!


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