Well all participants are named, judges have been selected, and this comp is ready to go. It is such an honour to be included in this International competition ... and to be put up against people who I consider to be "beading royalty" is daunting, but awe-inspiring. Now I just have to design something totally spectacular to enter :)
Below is an explanation of the competition taken from their FB page, and below that the list of participants and judges.
In an effort to create more awareness of some of the incredible bead artistry being executed by bead masters worldwide, I thought it would be fun to set up a beading "tournament" where original works can be viewed, shared, and celebrated both by the participants, and the beading public alike.
80 seed bead artists have been invited to participate in an elimination "tournament" to determine which piece of their original beadwork best captures the imagination of 119 of their fellow designers, specialty bead shop owners, and members of various beading magazine editorial staffs.
On May 14th, random artist pairings will be created, establishing a first round of competition, consisting of 40 artists vs. artist "contests". (For example, round one might have the work of Californian Linda Roberts paired up against the work of Vermont's Nancy Dale, and so on.)
Artists will then have Seven weeks from the announcement of the first round pairings to create, a single piece of original beadwork, and submit four photos best highlighting the works most important elements. The 78 competitors not involved in a particular round one "contest", plus 41 invited judges, will vote for the piece that best captures their imagination. A majority of at least 85 of the possible 119 total voters will be enough to determine a winner. All necklaces, bracelets, earring, brooches, headpieces, belts, handbags, or any other wearable adornments are acceptable for submission. The deadline for all of the submissions, by the artists, is July 10th, Tuesday
If an artist drops out of the competiton before 5 PM EST, on Thursday June 7th, a replacement artist will be sought to join the competition (though they are at an obvious time disadvantage). After the June 7th, the artist paired with the departed competitor will be declared a winner, and advance to round 2
The 40 winners of round one will be randomly paired again in one of 20 new "contests" in round 2 and the voting process will begin again.
The 10 winners of round two are again randomly paired in 5 new round 3 "contests" which after judging takes place will leave 5 remaining artists in the competition.
The public will then have a chance to vote for their favorite piece from the remaining 5 artists. The selected artist will recieve a pass straight through to the final round of competition.
Round 4 will be two "contests" to determine which two artists will compete in round 5 for the right to move to the championship round against the public's favorite piece.
The winner of the competition will be decided on by the 119 eligible voters......
Competitors can use almost any beads or materials, so long as the piece falls under the umbrella of beadweaving, or bead embroidery. Japanese seed beads***, Metal seed beads, Preciosa Czech seed beads, semi precious stones, Swarovski and Preciosa Crystal, fire polished glass, and individually created art glass and ceramic beads etc are all perfectly acceptable.
***As the Beadsmith has a relationship with the Miyuki Company of Japan, we have requested that competitors preferably use Miyuki Seed beads when using Japanese beads for this competition.
2012 Battle Of The Beadsmith:
Edgar Lopez Disenos
Elke Leonhardt Rath
Ibolya Ingesné Barkóczi
Éva Csizmadia Lajosné
Katalin Budainé Nagy
Miriam Cielo Shimon
Sandra Dokter van Esveld
Heather Kingsley Heath
Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Marsha Wiest Hines
Carol Dean Sharpe
Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten
Christine Boyer Maj
ARachel Nelson Smith
Ulyana Rakcheyeva Seryankina-USA
2012 Battle Of The Beadsmith:
Kelly Nealon (Australian Beading Magazine Editor),
Verena Greene-Christ (Perlen Poesie Magazine)
Kenj Katsuoka (Miyuki Company)
Marjon Donker-Netherlands ( Editor Polymer To Art Magazine)
Galina Pchelkina-Russia (Editor of Чудесные мгновения Magazine)
Chloe Menage (Bead Magazine Editor)
Adele Rogers Recklies
Laura Boudloche Zeiner
Julia Gerlach-USA (Bead and Button Magazine Editor)
Paulette Rosner Baron
Melinda Barta (Beadwork Magazine Editor)
Jamie Cloud Eakin
Pamela Hawkins (Bead Design Studio Magazine Editor)
Kate Bannister Tracton
Deb Moffet Hall (Bead- Patterns The Magazine & Quick Stitch Peyote Card
Anna Elizabeth Draeger