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Posted by learntobead on May 30, 2012

PRESS RELEASE –5/31/12
TOPIC:

OnLine Voting Begins!
9th International 2012 The Ugly Necklace Contest
– A Jewelry Design Competition With A Twist

Eight Jewelry Artists from around the world have been selected as Semi-Finalists of The 9th International 2012 The Ugly Necklace Contest – A Jewelry Design Competition With A Twist, by a panel of four judges from The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts and Land of Odds.

Vote Online for your favorites, and help determine who will win the Grand Prize – a $992.93 shopping spree on the Land of Odds web-site (http://www.landofodds.com). Runner Up Prize: $399.07 shopping spree. Voting Ends June 30th, 2012

More details and images on-line at:
http://www.landofodds.com/store/ugly9contest.htm

 

Our 2012 Semi-Finalists Announced:

Nivya Raju, Dubai, United Arab Emerates


Juli Brown, Wells, Minnesota
 

Joan Veres, Norwood, New York
 

 


Corrine Zephier, Kyle, South Dakota

Lynn Margaret Davy, Dorset, United Kingdom
 

 

 

 


Pamela Orians, Zanesville, Ohio
 

 

 


Quisha Saunders, Atlanta, Georgia

 


Brenda Donaldson, Mesa, Arizona

 

 

Synopsis:
It’s not easy to do Ugly!

So the many jewelry designers from across America and around the Globe who entered our 9th International 2012 The Ugly Necklace Contest — A Jewelry Design Competition With A Twist , found this contest especially challenging. After all, your brain is pre-wired to avoid and reject things which are ugly. Think of snakes and spiders. And even if you start your necklace with a bunch of ugly pieces, once you organize them into a circle, the very nature of an ordered round form makes it difficult to achieve Ugly. Yes, “Ugly” is easier said than done.
Who will win? We need the public’s help to influence our panel of judges.

Our respected judges evaluated these creatively-designed pieces in terms of hideousness, use of materials and clasp, the number of jewelry design principles violated, and the designer’s artistic control. Extra points were awarded for artists’ use of smaller beads, because it’s much more difficult to do Ugly with these.

Now it’s time for America and the World to help finalize the decision about which of these 8 semi-finalists’ Ugly Necklaces to vote for. The winner will truly be an exceptional jewelry designer. The losers….well….this isn’t a contest where you really can “lose”.

Come see these and the other semi-finalists’ pieces at www.landofodds.com, and vote your choice for the Ugliest Necklace, 2012.

And if you are in the Nashville, Tennessee area, please stop by The Open Windows Gallery (fine art jewelry) at Be Dazzled Beads, where the 8 semi-finalists’ Ugly Necklaces are on display through September 15, 2012.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
LAND OF ODDS
Attention: Warren Feld
www.landofodds.com
718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: 615-292-0610; Fax: 615-460-7001
Email: warren@landofodds.com

ABOUT UGLY NECKLACES

The UGLY NECKLACE CONTEST (www.landofodds.com/store/uglynecklace.htm) is a jewelry design competition with a twist. The contest presents a challenge not often tackled — at least intentionally. The contest draws the jewelry designer into an alternative universe where beautiful artists create ugly necklaces. It’s not easy to do.

“Ugly” is more involved than simple surface treatment. It is not just laying out a bunch of ugly parts into a circle. It turns out that “Ugly” is something more than that. “Ugly” is the result of the interplay among Designer, Wearer, and Viewer. “Ugly” is very much a result of how a necklace is designed and constructed. “Ugly” is something the viewer actively tries to avoid and move away from. “Ugly” has deep-rooted psychological, cognitive, perceptual, sociological and anthropological functions and purposes.

As research into color and design has shown, your eye and brain compensate for imbalances in color or in the positioning of pieces and objects – they try to correct and harmonize them. They try to neutralize anything out of place or not quite right. You are pre-wired to subconsciously avoid anything that is disorienting, disturbing or distracting. Your mind and eye won’t let you go here. This is considered part of the fear response, where your brain actively attempts to avoid things like snakes and spiders…. and ugly necklaces.

This means that jewelry designers, if they are to create beautiful, wearable art, have to be more deeply involved with their pieces beyond “surface”. Or their pieces will be less successful, thus less beautiful, thus more disturbing or distracting or disorienting, thus more Ugly.  Luckily, for the jewelry designer, we are pre-wired to avoid these negative things. This makes it easier to end up with pieces that look good. Beauty, in some sense, then, is very intuitive. On the other hand, it makes it more difficult to end up with pieces that look bad. You see, Ugly goes against our nature. It’s hard to do.

The Ugly Necklace Contest is one of the many programs at The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, that encourage beadwork and jewelry makers to test their design skills, have fun, and learn some fundamentals about jewelry design in the process.
To add your name to our email list associated with The Ugly Necklace Contest,
send an email to: oddsian@landofodds.com
and Write “Ugly Necklace Email List” in the subject line.
Sponsors:
Land of Odds www.landofodds.com,
Phone: 615-292-0610; Email :warren@landofodds.com
Land of Odds provides bead and jewelry making artists with virtually all their beads, supplies, books and jewelry findings needs, with over 35,000 products. Retail/Discounts/Wholesale.

Be Dazzled Beads www.bedazzledbeads.com
Nashville’s premier bead store.

Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts www.landofodds.com/beadschool/
Educating beaders and jewelry makers in the Design Perspective.

Other Programs at Land of Odds:
ALL DOLLED UP: Beaded Art Doll Competition
www.landofodds.com/store/alldolledup.htm

JEWELRY DESIGN CAMP
www.warrenfeldjewelry.com/jewelrydesigncamp/

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GO VOTE! — The Ugly Necklace Contest 2010

Posted by learntobead on May 29, 2010

VOTING HAS BEGUN –
8th International 2010
The Ugly Necklace Contest
— A Jewelry Design Competition with a Twist

Click:   GO VOTE!

 One of our semi-finalists will win an almost $1,000 shopping spree on the Land of Odds website!

Who will it be?

2010 Semi-Finalists Announced
OnLine Voting ends July 15, 2010
Jane West, Pelham, Alabama
Alesia DiFederico, Southbury, Connecticut
Lynn Margaret Davy, Dorset, United Kingdom
Deborah Rubin, Rockville, Maryland
Sandy Borglum, Chicago, Illinois
Sharon Wagner, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Bonnie Scherer, Palmer, Alaska
Kimberly Allison, Escondido, California

 

Read the rules for The Ugly Necklace 2012 contest at:
www.landofodds.com/store/uglynecklace.htm
Entries due 3/15/12. Top Prize: $992.93 shopping spree on the Land of Odds website. 2012 Special Rule: Necklaces must consist 75% of beads – however, you define “beads” – and not be longer than 32”; the theme:  “From My Garden Of….” .

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Semi-Finalists Announced — Ugly Necklaces

Posted by learntobead on April 27, 2010

8th International The Ugly Necklace Contest, 2010
A Jewelry Design Contest with a Twist!

Semi-Finalists Announced

OnLine Voting will begin June 1, 2010
on the
Land of Odds website

It’s that time of year again.    Time to put aside all your desires for beauty, art and taste, and put on your jewelry design skills cap.      Because here they are.  The 2010 Semi-Finalists of The Ugly Necklace Contest.    Each will be waiting for you to judge and evaluate them online.   So one can go home with the prize of $992.93 shopping spree on the Land of Odds website.

It’s Not Easy To Do Ugly!

Your mind and eye won’t let you go there. As research into color and design has shown, your eye and brain compensate for imbalances in color or in the positioning of pieces and objects – they try to correct and harmonize them. You are pre-wired to subconsciously avoid anything that is disorienting, disturbing or distracting.

Because of this, any jewelry designer who attempts to achieve “Ugly,” has to have enough control and discipline to override, perhaps overcome, intuitive, internally integrated principles of good design. Thus, the best jewelry designers will be those artists who can design the Ugliest Necklaces.

Our Special Rules for 2010 required that the color ‘purple’ be predominant in each necklace submission.

OnLine Voting will begin 6/1/10.

Here’s the line-up, with apologies to anyone who might be offended.    Let see how well these jewelry designers did to create something that is Ugly:

(1) Kimberly Allison
Escondido, California
“The Ugliest Necklace.  Period.”

(2) Alesia DiFederico
Southbury, Connecticut
“Super Duper Purple Pooper Scooper”

(3) Sandy Borglum
Chicago, Illinois
“The Purple Eyesore of Texas”

(4) Sharon Wagner
Sterling Heights, Michigan
“Round and Round”

(5) Deborah Eve Rubin
Rockville, Maryland
“The Colors of Purple”

(6) Bonnie J. Scherer
Palmer, Alaska
“Drinking Girl’s Necklace: The Grapes of Wrath”

(7) Lynn Margaret Davy
Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom
“Wrinkling”

(8) Jane W. West
Pelham, Alabama
“What Can I Make Today?”

How well do you think you can do?    You might consider starting now on your submission to our next contest.   Deadline is 3/15/2012.

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