Two Marquette artists selected for national DIY competition

The winner receives a feature in Make Magazine and $25,000.
The winner receives a feature in Make Magazine and $25,000.
Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 7:20 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Two Marquette area artists have been selected for a national competition and need your help to win.

Cindi Carlson, a Northern Michigan University student and employee, and Shantina Hatfield, owner of Cedar Lanes Design, are competing in the DIY Hero contest. The winner receives $25,000 and a feature in Make Magazine.

Carlson has been creating DIY projects for at least 20 years. She said this is the biggest competition she’s ever entered.

She has been juggling taking classes and working at the university as the Executive Secretary for Academic and Career Advising for the past 10 years.

Carlson will be graduating this semester and said that’s what makes this competition that much more special.

“Kind of proud of myself on the same hand because I’ve been working 10 years towards my degree and that’s coming to an end also,” Carlson said. “It hasn’t been easy for sure, so this would definitely be a great reward.”

If Carlson wins, she would use a portion of the prize to fund her “long-overdue” kitchen remodel and donate some to charity.

Hatfield owns a business that specializes in custom designs and home décor.

If she wins, she plans to use it to add more tools to her workshop, start a community art event, and donate to the Marquette Downtown Farmer’s Market.

The first round of voting starts Tuesday, March 8, and ends on March 24.

You are allowed one vote per day. There are three rounds of voting. The winner will be announced on May 5.

To vote, you can find Carlson’s work here and Hatfield’s work here.

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