For its 2018 artist competition, American Craft Week was inspired by the respect craft artists have for our planet and our environment. Our contest, Metamorphosis, was a search for exceptional craftspeople who are creating wonderful work with recycled and repurposed materials. We wanted to know what influenced them to use these materials, the extent the materials were artistically altered, and to see the final work.

We thank everyone who entered this year’s contest. We were amazed at the number, quality and diversity of nominations.

In the evaluating the entries, The ACW National Committee looked for these characteristics:

Excellence in design and skill level
The extent to which recycled materials were used and transformed
An impressive body of work
A strong measure of professional success as a crafts person

Please join us in congratulating the winners! We hope their stories provide inspiration to others to live a craft-centered and eco-responsible life!

Please also join us in thanking JP Media LLC, publishers of Handmade Business for highlighting the winners of Meatamorphosis in an upcoming issue.

Finally, we ask you to join us in encouraging and supporting the artists in your communities!
The American Craft Week National Committee:
PJ Heyman, Boiling Springs, PA
Anne Jenkins, Rapid City, SD
Kathy Holcomb, Lansing, MI
Sherry Masters, Asheville, NC
Rani Richardson, Naples, FL
Diane Sulg, Charlotte, NC
Greg Worden, Brattleboro, VT