I have been a finalist in the Swarovski Design competition twice,
and a semifinalist this year.
Part of the “honor” (?) of being selected is that you give up your
piece to their collections and they have the rights to do anything
they want with your piece. ie reproduce it for sale, take it apart
to see how it was made and make instuctions…etc.
The first year I sent in my Double Rainbow piece, they sent me $50
and a gross of each of the 15 colors that I used in the piece. and a
lovely catalog There was also a huge party in NYC and they paid for
an air plane ticket for me to come, and my daughter and friends also
went to the party. I felt realtively compensated.
I skipped a couple of years, and was reminded of the competition by
seeing a HUGE catalog they produced of the semi, finalists and
winners. It was beautiful.
Last year, I sent in my Flower Purse… they sent me $50, and the
exact number of beads that I used in the piece… Since the clasp
cost way more that $50… and I sell that purse for over $1000 - I
felt really jipped… Also, there was no catalog- A CD of the semi
finalists, finalists, and winners.
This year I entered again… dumb!!! And I was a Semi- finalist…
must send piece - to be juried, they keep it even if you don’t
become a finalist or win.
I sent them a letter telling them that since the piece had sold for
$1500 that I didn’t feel duly compensated for my talent time and
experise and declined to be juried into the compitition.
It may take me a while, but I get there - just the same.