Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What are considered salvage materials?

    Salvage materials are defined as found objects; items purchased second hand; scraps from other projects; deconstructed objects; items not purchased new.

  2. I paint art on doors. Does that count as Dimensional Art?

    Yes. However, please keep in mind the Judging Criteria when designing and submitting your piece. The judges want to see innovative use of salvage materials.

  3. I make jewelry. Does that count in the Functional Objects category?

    At this time, jewelry will not be accepted into the Salvage Design Competition. The focus is primarily on goods for the home.

  4. What makes a good submission?

    There are two audiences to think about when it comes to designing a “good” submission: the judges and the customer (bidders).

    For the judges, a successful submission showcases salvage materials along with beautiful, functional design; high quality craftsmanship; and proper proportions.

    For the bidders, pieces they can envision in their own home that are unique, sized appropriately, and aesthetically appealing fare better. For example, an oversized bed may only be appealing to a couple of bidders whereas a manageably sized table may appeal to many bidders.

    Overall, it’s up to you to decide which audience to appeal to (or none at all!). Just keep in mind how this might impact your scores and bidding.

  5. What is good craftsmanship?

    Good craftsmanship demonstrates mastery of a skill, attention to detail, and passion. A well-crafted design also demonstrates function, durability and care of the materials used.

  6. I’ve participated in Salvations before. Why do I have to submit an Intent to Participate?

    Submitting an Intent to Participate lets us know how many pieces we should expect so that we can plan logistics. In addition, it allows us to communicate new events & opportunities for the designers each year.

  7. Why is auction compensation split between the designers and the Green Project?

    Salvations serves to exemplify the Green Project’s mission of cultivating a culture of creative reuse and diverting materials from the landfill. It also serves as a fundraiser for the Green Project’s programmatic work, like Environmental Education, the MakerSpace, and Paint Recycling. Altogether, our hope is to demonstrate our mission while uplifting local designers and sustaining our work for years to come.


Hints & Tips




Designers must submit a submission form for each piece. You will be prompted to provide:

  • Title of piece

  • 100 word description of the piece

  • A list of materials used, how they are used, and where the materials were found/purchased

  • Recommended: Photos of the design and build process (i.e., pictures of the raw materials, pictures partway through, pictures of the finished piece)

  • A completed W-9 for compensation purposes

In this example, Avery included a description of the inspiration for the piece as well as details about the functionality and design process. In addition, he included a list of materials and photos of the raw materials and design/build process.

This detail helps judges and bidders learn more about your piece and experience the evolution of materials firsthand.

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