$10,000 prize value for the winning artisan or business.
LOCAL Life, in partnership with Hargray, is recognizing and rewarding local businesses that handcraft goods that reflect the Lowcountry tastes and lifestyle. Businesses in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Okatie can enter, as long as items are made in the area and are already sold here.
There are six categories (Crafts, Style, Drink, Home, Art, Food) and winners will be selected by local experts in those fields. After the category winners are determined, a grand prize winner will be selected by judges and LOCAL Life team members.
The Grand Prize Includes: Featured on a cover of an issue of LOCAL Life as well as a feature story, $5,000 cash from Hargray, an advertising and PR campaign in local media, professional photography and videography, potential additional distribution and more.
2019 Style Category Winner Spotlight
The product: Island Indigo
Where it was crafted: Lady’s Island
What makes it great: Island Indigo textiles are individually designed, intricately bound and hand-dyed in a natural indigo vat on Lady’s Island. Each piece is unique. Island Indigo draws inspiration from the surrounding water and from local historical heroine Eliza Pinckney (1722-1793), who perfected the intricate process of extracting potent blue dye from the green leaves of the indigo plant. A portion of each sale is donated to brain cancer research.
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A year later: “After the initial article was published announcing the winners, our Etsy shop absolutely blew up! We were mailing out multiple orders a day and saw a profit like we’d never seen before. Many of our sales were from the Beaufort area and we had sales to South Carolina vacationers all across America who said our products would be a perfect reminder of their cherished time at the beach.” — Scarlett Olsen, Island Indigo
Crafts: Wild Wood Rescue and Designs
Style: Island Indigo
Drink: Hilton Head Distillery
Home: WDesign Studio
Art: Julie Jones Artwork
Food: Sprout Momma
More 2020 Award Information
For more information about the 2020 Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards and to enter, click here.