She’s in seventh heaven: SAHS student Emma Bliven creates ‘buzz’ at state fair

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Stillwater Area High School sophomore Emma Bliven holds a batik print of a bee that won first place in the Bee and Honey junior sweepstakes at this year’s Minnesota State Fair. Blevin was one of several ISD 834 students who won awards at the fair.

Stillwater Area High School sophomore Emma Bliven’s seventh Bee and Honey Junior Sweepstakes award at the recent Minnesota State Fair means Bliven has won all possible times in the junior category for contestants ages 9 to 15 years from 2006-2012.

The Minnesota Honey Producers Association selects one junior out of the 22 first place finishers in all categories. Bliven was awarded an additional $20 check, rosette ribbon and a handmade stoneware pottery trophy by Minnesota potter Jasper J. Bond.

Bliven, 15, won in the art category, designing a batik to represent bees in nature. It is an ancient form of art that applies melted wax to cloth and dipping it in a cold-water dye. She uses beeswax to hold to the fabric and a small amount of paraffin wax to allow cracking. She repeats the process by waxing and dipping in gradually darker colors. The wax in then ironed out of the cloth revealing the rich colors and crinkle lines.

The fair asked Bliven to select one of her batiks for permanent display and to demonstrate the technique along with her father at the fair.

Bliven has earned other awards for her batiks including The Partnership Plan’s Da Vinci Fest art grand champion twice and Washington County Fair Grand Champion Open Class.

Other Stillwater-area students earning awards at the State Fair this year were:

 

Eighth grade

Photography, black & white, Anna Craggs, Oak-Land Junior High, first place

Photography, color, Anna Craggs, Oak-Land Junior High, first place

Photography, digital, Anna Craggs, Oak-Land Junior High, second place

 

Ninth grade

Photography, black & white, Emma Bliven, Stillwater Junior High, first place

Photography, black & white, tinted Jillian Jorgenson, Stillwater Junior High, third place

Photography, color, Emma Bliven, Stillwater Junior High, second place

Photography, digital, Emma Bliven, Stillwater Junior High, first place

Photography, digital, Jillian Jorgenson, Stillwater Junior High, fifth place

Sweepstakes, Technology Education Emma Bliven, Stillwater Junior High

 

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