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ALL DOLLED UP: Beaded Art Doll Competition

Posted by learntobead on January 30, 2013

ALL DOLLED UP:
BEADED ART DOLL COMPETITION
deadline: 8/31/2013

Create a BEADED ART DOLL by manipulating beads and forms into an imaginative
tactile and visual 3-dimensional representation. And then write a Short Story
about your Beaded Art Doll, what it represents, and how it was created.

ALL DOLLED UP: BEADED ART DOLL COMPETITION is offering a first prize of a $1000.00
shopping spree on the Land of Odds web-site (www.landofodds.com), and a Runner-Up
prize of a $400.00 shopping spree on the web-site. This is more than a beauty
pageant. It is a design competition. The Competition will take into account
the Artist’s intentions and how well these are incorporated into the design.
Enter to Win!

Beaded Art Dolls submitted as entries for this competition may be realistic,
surrealistic, whimsical or imaginary. They may be humanistic, animalistic, caricatures,
cartoons, impressions or abstractions. A Beaded Art Doll is a physical representation
in three dimensions, using human figural and expressive characteristics, through
the creative use and manipulation of beads. Beaded Art Dolls should be between
8” and 36” in size. They must be at least 80% composed of beads.

The Artist is given wide leeway in techniques for how the doll is to be beaded,
and may use one particular technique or several. Techniques, for example, may
include bead weaving stitches, bead embellishment, bead appliqué, bead
knitting, bead crochet, bead embroidery, lampworking.

Review the Official Rules on the website.

Sponsored by Land of Odds, Be Dazzled Beads, LearnToBead.net, and The Center
for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts

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Jewelry As Art: Hanna Liljenberg

Posted by learntobead on January 30, 2013

JEWELRY AS ART: HANNA LILJENBERG
http://www.hannaliljenberg.se/

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The works of Hanna Liljenberg are great examples of Jewelry As Art.

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As “art”, jewelry is seen as a subset of sculpture or painting, and follows the prescribed rules of each.

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The jewelry’s success is judged as if sitting on an easel or on a mannequin.   The body’s shape is mere pedestal or frame, supportive, but subordinate.

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Wearability, drape, movement, context, and other functional concerns are secondary to the aesthetic.

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Hanna’s pieces are indeed beautiful.   How well she reaches that line connecting jewelry to art, rather than distinguishing between the two — jewelry OR art — I’ll leave up to you.

 

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JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION GROUP

Posted by learntobead on January 30, 2013

 

THE JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION GROUP

Please join our new group on facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewelrydesign/

 

We’ve taken our BEAD STUDY group at The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts, and opened it up online at Facebook.

 

Current Discussions:
– Art vs. Craft
– Technique vs. Skill
– How to organize your ideal work space
– Getting a management handle on client “Wants”
– Color Blending
– Bead Spills
– How did you get your start in beading/jewelry making?

 

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The Artistry of Barbara Natoli Witt

Posted by learntobead on January 30, 2013

THE ARTISTRY OF BARBARA NATOLI WITT
http://necklaceart.com/NecklaceArt.com.html
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I wanted to share with you some of the beautiful, fascinating and romantic works of Barbara Natoli Witt.

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Her pieces blend tapestry techniques with captivating webs of colored threads, beads, stones, artifacts and found objects.

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I frequently advocate among my students that they learn to incorporate several types of techniques and materials within their pieces, and Witt is a perfect example of the result.

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Her use of historical motifs, signs, symbols and materials imbued with meaning within necklace pieces with a contemporary flair add synergy and power to her pieces.    She marries “meaning” to “aesthetic” particularly well.

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The historical referents  make you think of themes of classical beauty, the classical role of women and the classical role of jewelry, and how these relate to women and jewelry today.

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A good background biography of the artist can be found here.

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Learn To Pearl Knot

Posted by learntobead on January 21, 2013

Pearl Knotting with Warren Feld
By: Warren Feld
http://www.craftartedu.com/warren-feld-pearl-knotting-with-warren-feld
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New video tutorail on CraftArtEdu.com.

Everything you need to know for successfully designing with pearls, including knotting – traditional vs non traditional methods, attaching clasps, finishing, care of your pearls, repair and types of pearls, the nature of the pearl. Jewelry designer Warren Feld will lead you through this comprehensive CraftArtEdu class that is all about pearls. 6 Broadcasts.
Price:
$40
Level: All Levels
Duration: 106:17

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