I was so thrilled to have won the Most Innovative Design award at the CHA Winter 2011 show last week in Anaheim. The award came from my art project for the Craft Studio as a CHA Designer member called "A Bird in the Hand".
I used an old cigar box, some craft wire, some paper and some ICE Resin to create a mixed media assemblage to show off my creativity. I had no idea there was any industry award attached to the Craft Studio, so boy was I surprised when I was named the winner.
The best part was not the award itself (which is a rather large and impressive statue) but when Steve Berger, CHA President and CEO announced my name to the 400 or so people in the crafts industry who were attending the Awards Show Banquet. To hear my name spoken aloud was an amazing feeling. Confirmation that my hard work and my passion for mixed media art is making a difference in the world.