We never expected this level of interest and participation when we hatched the idea to ask the community to participate in this exercise. With over 60(!) essays, several artwork and photo submissions, we quickly realized we underestimated the talent and enthusiasm of those who have supported us in our endeavors. Dozens and dozens of stories, some several pages long, kept pouring into our inbox over the short time we allowed for entries. We read every single one. Poems, memories, and philosophy on the merit of work were among the focus of the essays. It was a very difficult decision to choose such a small group of people to send pens to for review. In fact, we added two extra spots in the essay category because of the sheer number of entries. We wish we could choose everyone, but had to pick a select few. As stated in the rules, this wasn't a contest of skill, or of who was the "best", but to see what resonated with us the most when we reviewed the entries. If we can figure out a way to share more of the entries in the future, we will do so, but until then, here are the entries that we chose:
Eric Schunk (@schunky_monkey on Instagram)
Phillip Barlow (@pensandgaming on Instagram)
Jeff Butler (JB2)
Made in America: this set of murals by Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts honors the industrial heyday of American made pride. Those two little girls and I sat in this hall for quite some time looking and sketching last month. (They were Made in America too!) 😉 #monsoonreview #madeinamerica @karaskustoms #karaspenco
Founded in 1917, the Halsam Products Co. made a variety of toys that have no doubt entertained generations of children and their adults. My parents are moving from the home I grew up in, and my mother pulled these vintage checkers out of the closet this morning while packing. I don't remember the game pieces from my childhood, but I do have fond memories of playing games with my family. My childhood was Made in America, and I'm going to miss coming "home". #madeinusa #monsoonreview @karaskustoms @karaspenco
See the essays after the jump...