Overall, the experience was not entirely unlike jurying for a fine arts show. Crafters are apparently just as fond of declaring their work to be unique (we are all special snowflakes!) as fine artists--this despite the fact that the work of both communities invariably breaks down tidily into a handful of conventional, clearly defined categories.
The uniformity of preferred imagery was also surprising: I saw more owls, pirates, whales, squids, unicorns, ghosts, and smiling (or frowning) foods in one weekend than I've seen in the last three decades of my life combined. Who knew that what really ails mainstream consumer culture is a lack of fuzzy cupcake appliqués?