Footwear

(Revised November 2004)

Includes the construction of objects for the feet from leather, wood, or fabric including for example: lasts, chopines, and pattens as well as actual footwear; with or without decoration; If the entrant did the decorative work only on the object, he must state it in his entry and only that part will be judged.

Footwear; Novice

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on knowledge level and discussion of the footwear components. For Novice level, a 3x5 card is the minimum required, however more is encouraged. Discussions beyond listing the criteria below, such as period practice, conscious compromises or further research is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging is encouraged. Determining how well the entrant understands the creation process of their item beyond their documentation should enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of entry including some of the following: country and period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Lists materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Lists methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.

Authenticity

0-8 points. Keep in mind, while judging, any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, expensive or rare should be taken into consideration. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (excluding unsafe items) should score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period item and does it work in a period way (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—are appropriate to a time period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used—period or reasonable substitutions that give a period effect and are appropriate to time and place.
  • Design, style—is the design or styleappropriate to time and place or give a period effect.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition/complexity of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Bear in mind not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor —# of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—pattern drafting, pattern use, decoration.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—pattern drafting, pattern use, cutting, sewing, stamping, skiving, gilding, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—type of material used:i.e. leather, fabric, wood; cutting tools, decorative tools if any.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant based on the following:

  • Effective use of tools, methods and execution.
  • Techniques, handling of materials, etc.
  • Design: period aesthetics, motifs, design (note: period sense of balance and proportion is not necessarily the same as modern) etc.
  • Form/Function: does it do what it should do and look as it should look?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work in its entirety, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Apply your reaction/intuitive response to the entry. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to be considered, but are not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.

Footwear; Intermediate

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on knowledge level and discussion of the footwear components. Intermediate level documentation should have at minimum a discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion on period practices, further research or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging is encouraged. Determining how well the entrant understands the creation process of their item beyond their documentation should enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and some discussion of entry including the following: country and period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Some discussion of materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Some discussion of methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites more than one source and one visual or descriptive reference, includes a reference list/bibliography or cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Keep in mind, while judging, any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, expensive or rare should be taken into consideration. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (excluding unsafe items) should score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period item and does it work in a period way (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—are appropriate to a time period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials/tools used—period or reasonable substitutions that give a period effect and are appropiate to time and place.
  • Design, style—is the design or styleappropriate to time and place or give a period effect.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Bear in mind not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor —# of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—pattern drafting, pattern use, decoration.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—pattern drafting, pattern use, cutting sewing, stamping, skiving, gilding, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—type of material used:i.e. leather, fabric, wood; cutting tools, decorative tools if any.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant based on the following:

  • Effective use of tools, methods and execution.
  • Techniques, handling of materials, etc.
  • Design: period aesthetics, motifs, design (note: period sense of balance and proportion is not necessarily the same as modern) etc.
  • Form/Function: does it do what it should do and look as it should look?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work in its entirety, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Apply your reaction/intuitive response to the entry. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to be considered, but are not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.

Footwear; Advanced

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on knowledge level and discussion of the footwear components. Advanced level documentation should contain a thorough discussion of the item’s components and explanation of the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools. The documentation should provide illustrations (if available), references, and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging is encouraged. Determining how well the entrant understands the creation process of their item beyond their documentation should enhance the Documentation score. Give scores based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country and period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references, includes a bibliography and cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Keep in mind while judging any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, expensive or rare should be taken into consideration. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (excluding unsafe items) should score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period item and does it work in a period way (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used—are period or reasonable substitutions that give a period effect and are appropriate to time and place.
  • Design, style—is the design or style appropriate to time and place or style or give a period effect.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Bear in mind not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor —# of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—pattern drafting, pattern use, decoration.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—pattern drafting, pattern use, cutting, sewing, stamping, skiving, gilding, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—type of material use: i.e. leather, fabric, wood; cutting tools, decorative tools if any.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entry based on the following:

  • Effective use of tools, methods and execution.
  • Techniques, handling of materials, etc.
  • Design: period aesthetics, motifs, design (note: period sense of balance and proportion is not necessarily the same as modern) etc.
  • Form/Function: does it do what it should do and look as it should look?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the entry in its entirety, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Apply your reaction/intuitive response to the entry. This is the “wow” factor; the following examples could be considered, but are not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.