Upcycle Christmas #Update

We’ve had 132 146 entries to the Upcycle competition and we’ve been overwhelmed by the effort and the thought that has gone into so many of the pieces. Thank you so much all of you who took part. You can see them all here.

This is one of our favourites in the office:

The judges have spent today going through the entries and choosing their winners. Each judge was responsible for the following category:

  • 1. Most innovative piece: Wayne Hemingway MBE
  • 2. Quality of craft work / ‘craftsmanship’: Louise Roe
  • 3. Best use of materials: Antoni and Alison
  • 4. ‘Appeal’ which kinda means playfulness / fun: India Knight
  • And lastly,

  • 5. The people’s choice – as chosen by number of favourites the item receives on Folksy!

We’ll put up the judges decisions tomorrow (Monday). But now it’s over to you to favourite the items you like and to choose the Folksy users’ winner. You have until Thurs 10th at 8pm to nominate your favourite. Each of the 5 winners will get to showcase their portfolio in the Sue Ryder Care Camden store in the New Year (February), in a specially constructed Folksy set. [Update: voting has now closed, and the winners have been announced]

Of course the auction starts tomorrow and will run for one week. We’ll be blogging and tweeting about that. It’s going to be held on eBay. We were going to use our own auction software but in the end we thought that the sheer size of eBay and it’s customer base would generate better prices for Sue Ryder Care. Because it’s for charity all proceeds will be exempt from eBay charges.

That’s it. More tomorrow. :)

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17 Comments

  • December 6, 2009

    Francesca

    So many beautiful creations, I wish I’d had time to enter! My fave so far is: http://www.folksy.com/items/104422–Winter-Girl-Recycled-Stained-Glass-Panel-

  • December 6, 2009

    rescuedandrevived

    B*****””’!!! – clicked on to see how our blanket did in the Upcycle competion – to find it not listed – and then to see the comment on twitter that it was one of 14 items not included because it was not properly tagged sueryder – !!!!. which I THOUGHT I had done – but I am crap at the computer – I did put sue ryder in the tags on the page – am really fed up… even though I did not think we would win, I feel really miffed it was not even considered – I know it was my fault but it would have been nice to have received a message from you blokes at folksy to say – “oops – we have your submission but its not correct please amend so we can include so I could have put it right!”……

  • December 6, 2009

    Sarah

    The entries are brilliant – I have 5 favourites – it was too difficult to pick just one! Good luck everyone!

  • December 6, 2009

    Flora

    hey rescuedandrevived – I don’t understand that either – I definitely saw your item come up when I typed in “sueryder” to search – and that was a few weeks ago. I even favourited it! Very strange. I think your blanket is gorgeous and very clever if that’s any consolation!

  • December 6, 2009

    rescuedandrevived

    Thanks for your support Flora! I really appreciate it, as I am feeling rather out on a limb here….>!!!…. no-one else seems to be commenting on this and there are apparently 13 other entrants who have had their items overlooked as well… maybe they haven’t realised yet!… and yes, the fact you love the blanket and favorited it are consolation… thanks! and good luck with your entry.

  • December 6, 2009

    jamesb

    Hello @rescueandrevived We totally understand your frustration and we feel dreadful about it. Unfortunately ‘tags’ are the keywords that are used when listing items and are not the same as the ‘title’. The judges were given the link to the listings in the tag url not the search url (which takes everything mentioning sueryder including the titles). The 14 items that were not tagged but which the makers wanted to be included were only picked up after the judges were sent the URL. Your blanket is wonderful and it would have been great to have it judged by the judges. Any suggestions as to what we can do now? There is the Folksy peoples’ favourite award but if you have other suggestions please let us know…

  • December 6, 2009

    KAREN / BABYBLONDEDESIGN

    Jamesb
    Who are the 14 not entred in the comp? Only mine comes up when I type in sueryder even though mine is in CAPS.
    But people are saying we could be excluded due to the typo…? K
    http://www.folksy.com/items/93482-UPCYCLE-SKULL-N-CROSSBONES-CUSHION-SUERYDER?shop=yes

  • December 6, 2009

    Hatastic

    Hi Karen
    I wouldn’t worry as your cushion can be seen very clearly when you look at the link www. folksy.com/handmade/sueryder
    Hope you do well as I LOVE your entry!

    x x x

  • December 6, 2009

    rescuedandrevived

    Hi JamesB, met you at the folksy meetup the other night… well, not a lot to say really… seems my bad typo – I realise an errant fullstop after sueryder – meant it was not looked at by the judges! obviously the competition has been done and dusted now… I thought I had tagged it correctly as the page showed it was entered and “NFS” etc. …. not a lot I could do about it as I had no idea it was actually not entered…. just very annoying….except to say your software should fling it back at us if its wrong next time you do a comp!! so we can edit and resend….

  • December 6, 2009

    jamesb

    to clarify: there were fourteen items (from six sellers) with an incorrect keyword or missing keyword which meant that they were not picked up.

  • December 6, 2009

    Lupin

    I spotted this the other day (mentioned it on Twitter) – what a shame those people have been missed out but these things do happen I guess! Perhaps you could link to their shops in a special blog post?

    In the meantime you could change the links directing people to look at all the entries from the keyword based link (which I presume is still missing people out?) to a search result instead? (I think if you search for sueryder using the main site search you can find all the entries including the “missing” ones)

    That way people will at least find them to be able to fave them for the peoples choice prize…

  • December 6, 2009

    Lupin

    PS very much looking forward to the auction! & the results, too, of course! so many nice things…

  • December 6, 2009

    rescuedandrevived (Sam)

    Thanks Lupin, I think that idea would be nice, I (and I am sure the other 6 people) would like to know at least people will be looking at our work even though we missed out on a chance at winning …. I think we would still like to be thought of as “entries” because we thought we were (until today anyway!!) …. so yes please Folksy, can we have a link so we are able to be viewed along with the others? you can put a disclaimer in to say we were not judged if you like or whatever. Its just nice to have things looked at and commented on really!! Over to you Jamesb and Anne.

  • December 6, 2009

    Lupin

    Ooh, I also wanted to ask – will people outside the UK be able to bid on our auction items? (A large number of my blog readers & customer base are outside the UK)

  • December 6, 2009

    Robyn

    will there be any news before midnight or is it time to give up till tomorrow?

  • December 6, 2009

    Judith Williamson

    I am one of the 14 makers whose work didn’t get seen by the judges for the Upcycle Competition!

    I labelled my work as I interpreted the instructions! I am computer literate and even checked others listings!

    I was emailed by James with an apology but admitting it was thier fault that work listins were not fully checked!

    I AM VERY UPSET AND ANGRY ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This doesn’t even go anywere near how I feel about it!

    Much time and effort has gone into my work – other projects were put on hold!

    I don’t use my disability as a battering ram – but I will this time! I have MS and the Sue Ryder charity is one that supports people like me and their families as the condition deteriorates – THAT IS WHY I HAVE TAKEN PART!

    The missing 14 need thier work to be seen by the judges and the cock -up by Folsky admitted to!

    Do the judges know that work was missing???

    A very upset, disappointed and angry tin-lady

    :(

  • December 6, 2009

    jamesb

    Hi Judith, we’re really sorry that your item didn’t get included, but it didn’t meet the entry requirements, as it wasn’t tagged correctly. If we run a competition like this in the future we’ll try and identify people who tried to enter but didn’t tag their item correctly. You’ll still be entered for the people’s choice award and your item can still be auctioned for charity.