The Powertex / Gourd Fusion Contest

  • To explore the possibilities of artistic creation possible using Powertex textile hardener and gourds.

  • Open to anyone, of any age, anywhere in the world.

  • Each entry must feature at least one gourd or part of a gourd and somehow incorporate Powertex to enhance that gourd.
  • Entries may use Powertex textile medium or Powertex and Stone art together on their gourd entry. Any number of other mediums and techniques may be combined with Powertex.
  • The gourd should be visible or somehow be apparent to the viewer that a gourd was used.
  • There is no limitation to the number of entries that may be entered.
  • Each entry must include a brief tutorial outlining the technique(s) used and be accompanied by at least two high resolution photographs. Since these will be used to judge the entry, it is recommended that these photos be well lit, clear photos and taken from a variety of angles.
  • Competitors agree to allow Powertex (Canada and/or USA) the right to use their contest photos and/or tutorial to promote Powertex products. Powertex will always credit the artist when their images are used.
  • Deadline for entries will be 10 pm. (Eastern Time), May 20th, 2011.
  • Judges will announce the winners on or before May 26th, 2011
  • Entries must be accompanied by the competitor’s first and last name, address, telephone number or email address. (Information collected is strictly for prize notification and will not be shared or used after the contest closes.)

  • A panel of artists from Powertex Canada and USA will judge the submitted photos.
  • The judges will base their decision 60% for Creativity and Originality and 40% for Technique and Execution.


1st prize – Award and $250 Powertex gift certificate

2nd prize – Award and $150 Powertex gift certificate

3rd prize – Award and $100 Powertex gift certificate

*** Shipping charges extra. Gift certificates may only be used for actual Powertex products.

For product information or to order Powertex please go to:  –  Canada  –  Brigette Thompson  –  U.S.A  –  Regine Dossche

Gourd artists are probably the most versatile people in the world. I doubt that there is another group of creative people as willing to embrace new techniques and mediums as quickly as gourd artists. Combine that with some innocent conversation on one of the Gourd chat groups and ta da… a contest is born.

You see, I sell Powertex. Or specifically, I import and distribute Powertex to stores and artists who sell and teach with it.  I am also a diehard gourd artist.

Powertex is a new product to the North American market. It is an environmentally friendly textile hardener that allows you to create unique sculpture from recycled materials. In a nutshell, that means that you can make a really cool 3D figure using only some wire, aluminum foil and your husband’s tattered t–shirt.

Powertex will harden most natural materials as well as Styrofoam and cement. Once hardened, Powertex resists the elements and can be left outdoors year round. Traditionally most people use Powertex to create figurative sculpture or maybe some masks. But I knew there had to be a way to incorporate Powertex with gourds to create all kinds of beautiful works of art. I just needed to find the talented people to show what was possible.

So  I tossed the idea out to one of my gourd chat groups and before I knew it, there were all kinds of people chomping at the bit to give Powertex a try. As a result, the U.S. Powertex distributor, Regine Dossche and I have put together a few simple rules and a deadline for judging.

What we want to stress here is that this contest is meant to be fun. Stretch your creative wings and try some ideas outside your usual gourd routine. Make whatever comes to mind…. Jewelry, lawn ornaments, bowls, sculpture …. anything at all but have fun doing it.

Once you have some pieces that you like, take some photos. Judging will be done with these photos. Make sure they are well lit and nice and clear. (Outside, natural light works best)
Include your contact information and a brief tutorial on how you created your work of art.

Send your entry via email to this address:

For those of you without email, you can send traditional photos with your tutorial to the following address:
Powertex Canada
15 Clairmont St
Sudbury, ON P3B 3S4

Once the judging is complete, we will contact the winners and post the names on both Powertex websites. Where possible we will make the announcement to various online groups such as Yahoo groups, Gourd Art Enthusiasts and the CGS and AGS next membership newsletter publication.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at the email address above or by calling 705-566-5787.

Good luck and remember to have fun.
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