Handmade Coral Reef Contest!

This summer we are sponsoring a contest honoring the Coral Reef!  The patterns and forms in this natural world are somehow reassuring to me.  They coexist in a diverse interdependent ecosystem that we could all learn some lessons from.  Please send us an original, handmade Coral or other creature that lives amongst the coral and maybe you will be one of the lucky winners!


What Counts as part of the Coral Reef?

We are looking for beautiful, colorful, interesting corals or parts of corals as well as all the other creatures that live in the reef.  If you want to go microscopic that is ok too!  Submissions must be 3-D.  Size is not important although it would be nice for them to be big enough so we can see and appreciate detail.  They may be knit, sewn, crocheted, felted, knotted, embroidered and molded out of any fiber. Ceramic and or mixed media is ok too.  We are looking for the most interesting, mysterious, stunning and anatomically correct coral reef creatures. Let’s show them off and be grateful for all that they do in the world.  For inspiration, I have put together a mood board of beautiful coral reef creatures. Click any photo above to see it!

Call for Entries:  First 3 entries get a free Brooklyn General t-shirt.  Entries can be hand delivered to our curb with minimal contact or mailed to Brooklyn General Store, 128 Union St,, Brooklyn, NY, 11231.  They may come from any part of the world. Artwork will be judged on originality, craftsmanship, and all around exotic beauty.

Dates and Deadlines:  Call for entries begin NOW! Contest ends September 30th and all art must be received by that date.  The reef will be kept on display in the shop until the end of the October.  Winning pieces will be announced in our newsletter and on IG and FB the week following the end of the contest with links to winner’s IG if desired. (be sure to include IG address with your entry if you would like us to post this info).

Rules & Restrictions:  All work must be hand made by the participant.  Youth entries must be made with minimal parent involvement.  They can be made from patterns or self-designed.  You can submit up to three works. If you want your entry to be returned you must include a self-addressed, appropriately sized, padded envelope/box with the correct postage already on it.  Postage for the return of entries will be the sole responsibility of the participant. There is no insurance on return shipping and safe delivery of wayward coral is not guaranteed. Entries to be picked up in person must be reclaimed by October 15, 2020. Unclaimed entries will be auctioned off on November 1st and proceeds will be donated to NYC Food Banks.  If you would prefer to donate your entry for auction, just let us know with a note when you drop it off.

Prizes: Judging will be held on October 1st and winners will be announced the following week.

1st Prize:  $75 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate.

2nd Prize:  $50 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate.

3rd Prize:  $25 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate.

Youth Prizes (0-15 yrs):  Two entries will be awarded one $20 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate.


I hope you are as excited about this as I am!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!