bi - 1. a combining form meaning “twice,” “two,” used in the formation of compound words: bifacial; bifarious.
Functional: having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed: functional architecture; a chair that is functional as well as decorative.
The Saskatchewan Craft Council and Traditions Handcraft Gallery are challenging the imagination and creativity of craft people with a bi-functional craft contest and exhibition.
We are looking for innovative pieces of craft that serve at least two separate and distinct functions. Cheating is not allowed. For example:
- One function cannot simply be decorative or aesthetic appeal – it is just assumed that the craft object will look good.
- The functions must be distinct – a mug does not serve two functions because it can hold both coffee and tea.
Entries should be delivered to the Traditions Handcraft Gallery (2714 - 13th Avenue, Regina) or the SCC Gallery(813 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon) by Friday, March 12, 2010. Entries or digital images of entries that arrive before the deadline may receive extra publicity as part of a “build-up” for the completion. Collaborative entries are welcomed.
All entries that meet the bi-functional criteria (or tri-function, etc) will be displayed in Traditions for a two week period, with a “people’s choice” ballot for the best piece. The winner of this people’s choice vote will win a prize of $500 cash, plus a one-day shopping spree at Traditions Handcraft Gallery for up to $500 worth of Saskatchewan's best Fine Craft.
It is desirable (but not mandatory) that entries be “for sale” while the contest is running. A commission of 40% on any sales will be charged by Traditions.