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Topic: Muggle Art: The Official Contest Kit (Craftster Little Tiny Challenge entry)  (Read 17951 times)
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« Reply #50 on: March 07, 2010 06:59:57 AM »

Kudos to you and the hours of work this took. You deserve to take home the gold, my dear.

QUESTION-  Does this reference something in the books?  I have no recollection of it.  Is it something you made up?  If so, that is truly taking things to the next level! 

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« Reply #51 on: March 07, 2010 07:18:20 AM »

this is so awesome it actually makes my head hurt. its so good with so many fabulous details, it just sucks knowing i'll never be nearly as good as this lol
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« Reply #52 on: March 07, 2010 07:50:01 AM »

This is truly amazing! I didn't realize it was for the teeny challenge until the very end, I just thought it was a Harry Potter themed art kit! Great job!
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« Reply #53 on: March 07, 2010 08:10:20 AM »

Thanks so much for the compliments everyone!  Smiley

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QUESTION-  Does this reference something in the books?  I have no recollection of it.  Is it something you made up?  If so, that is truly taking things to the next level!

Good question!  And thank you for it.  I wasn't aware anyone would like to know so much detail.

What happened was this.  I had this beautiful little handmade empty cabinet that I made.  But I wanted to fill it with something exciting and interesting.  Being an entry for a craftster challenge, I figured it should be something that would peak the imagination of the crafster community.  So what do we all have in common?   A passion for art.  Well, that made it easy, because I could make artsy things to go in the craft box. 

But I still wasn't satisfied.  I recognized that a lot of what "sells" an item (in the commercial world) is the packaging, and so I wanted this to seem like something that could be purchased straight off the shelves...strange that a little bit of clear plastic makes us want to buy things.  Like, picture one of those amazing scrapbooking sets in a basket that they sell in Costco or Sams Club for 30 bucks.  Man, we all want one!  Why?  Because the packaging says, "Buy me! Buy me!"  So, I wanted to have some packaging just because it has a pull, a draw for the audience.  Makes people think, "Oh, the things I could do with a kit like that!"

Finally, now that I had the idea of designing packaging, the question was, what do I want the packaging to say?  And I realized that I wanted it to advertise something that would make the imagination run wild, get creative in unexpected ways.  So I decided to somehow draw magic into the theme.  But what would magicians be doing with regular craft supplies--why not use magic?  Well, it was a small leap to come up with the concept from there.

I imagined this kit being made about 10 years after Harry Potter vanquishes Voldemort, in an era when Muggle Rights were being championed, or awareness being raised, or something.  By now the term MudBlood (non-magic folk) has become a badge of honor, and Squibs (magic folk who can't do magic) are gaining more ground in the magic world as well.

Anyways, so part of the awareness is this Muggle Art Contest.

Now, in Harry Potter, the only part of this that exists at all is this Muggle Arts class that I didn't figure out about until I researched it on the internet right now.

According to HarryPotter.wikia.c om,
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Muggle Art is an extra-curriculum subject taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is possibly taught by Professor Charity Burbage, the Muggle Studies teacher. Classes are held in a room on the fifth floor.

This is apparently just a small thing mentioned in one of the HP books.

So, in conclusion, the idea for this craft project was strictly my own, with the exception that I stole the terms "Ministry of Magic" and "Muggle" from Harry Potter.  To which I send all regards to JK Rowlings!  And much awe at her ability to take a non-word ("Muggle") and make it into a universally known one!

Thanks Summerset for the great question.  Smiley
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« Reply #54 on: March 10, 2010 09:19:42 AM »

Your Kung Fu is greater... Kudos! Smiley
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« Reply #55 on: March 11, 2010 05:27:29 AM »

I'm back looking at this again!! Just read your last post about how you got the idea and all. I still think this is a fantasitc piece of work. Possibly even marketable! So many people would want something like this in regular size just because of the reference to HP! Your Xara program is truely amazing! I've just downloaded a trial version and so far I love it!
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« Reply #56 on: March 11, 2010 06:36:36 AM »

     Wow!  So you downloaded the trial version of Xara!  Way to go!  I have really been so impressed by that program....especial ly the unlimited undo feature!  That is amazing.  If you have any questions about it, ask away.  A private message works perfectly, as it's not really on this topic.  I'd be happy to help you with anything you want.
     My hubby introduced me to Xara six years ago, and I've been sold on it ever since.  There are SO many things you can do with it.  And it's completely affordable.  Smiley
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« Reply #57 on: March 12, 2010 07:45:00 AM »

Wow, this is absolutely amazing!

Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and details behind the project, too.  So funny and true how packaging pulls us in like a moth to a flame!

I have to go back [yet again] and look through the pictures.  It's just too much to take in at once, really!!
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« Reply #58 on: March 12, 2010 07:51:19 AM »

Forgive me if I missed this part, but what does the text of the Official Rules sheet say?
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« Reply #59 on: March 12, 2010 11:11:11 PM »

omg that is so intense Smiley that's adorable!
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