Huge congrats to Kim for your win this round! It was so well deserved! I look forward to seeing more from you and the rest of the contestants throughout the competition. Also, huge thank you to Ellen and Madeleine for inviting me to play along. This was so fun and inspiring!
I can see that you all put your heart and soul into your designs and I love that! I know how difficult it is to put your work out there for the world to see. It’s your baby and having it critiqued is sometimes an overwhelming feeling. (Sometimes giving the critique is difficult too!) I can honestly say that I’ve learned so much more from my peers’ feedback of my work than anything.
We as designers have many different points of view and although you may not always agree with what someone says about your work, I think there really is something special about letting another set of eyes take a look. You may receive feedback that will completely change your direction or give you that oh so wonderful ‘Aha!’ moment. Or not.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but I suppose I’m just trying to say that this is such a wonderful opportunity to learn, show the world what you can do and just shine! Don’t worry about the outcome or what you think the judges will say. Do your best work, relax, have fun. You’re ALL so talented and your work reflects that talent. Embrace it. Be bold and daring, but most of all be true to yourself and your art. The rest will come together! Congratulations to you all and bonne chance! ^_~