Monday, May 14, 2012

Battle Of The Beadsmith... it begins - avagy most aztán felköthetem...

Everyone who knows me a little knows that patience is not on the "list of my virtues" :) Now I don´t have to wait... Steven Weiss and his cute associates made the random pairing for this "competition". 
So now I´m not upatient only scared to death :D First just look at the list below....Seriously...still don´t know how could I end up in this group surrounded by those bead artists whose work I admire the most (and those you can not find amongst the competitors will be amongst the judges :P) Then look who is my pair! It´s the wonderful Marsha-Wiest Hines! Check her beautiful jewels (and the stunning sparkling dance-gowns too!!) and you´ll be amazed! 
I don´t have the faintest idea when will I sleep... From now on till 10th July :D (I have another equally important project with almost the same deadline...omg...tomorrow serious coffebean shopping is in order...)

Here you can find a page for this competition, where you can follow the whole event till the winner is announced:

And the rules...

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......


80 Artists, 21 Countries. A Celebration of Bead Artistry around the World

A brief ceremony at Beadsmith headquarters in Cartert, NJ took place Monday, the 14th of May, officially launching the inaugural “Battle Of The Beadsmith”. Steven Weiss, of the family Weiss, addressed the competitors in attendance with some emotional words of encouragement, (transcript seen below), before officially announcing the 40 1st round pairings.

“My fellow beaders. You have been charged with the monumental task of taking your designs to places never thought possible before. Your journey will strain the very limits of your beading abilities… (Pause)......Do not entertain failure! Do not allow uncertainty, and the fear of defeat, to extinguish the fires that burn within your creative souls….. (Pause)…. Though some of you will fall in battle, history will speak well of the 80…. The 80 who beaded steadfast and true…. The 80 that beaded on, when their needles snapped, and their threads frayed… (Pause)...The 80 that beaded until they could bead no more."
The pairs in Round1:

1) Jacquie Champion-Canada vs Irina Chikineva-Russia
2) Anastasia O'sarantseva-Ireland vs Annie Hatvani-Hungary
3) Lea Palickova-Czech Republic vs Alla Maslennikova -Russia
4)  Christina Neit-USA vs Christine Boyer Maj-USA
5) Hannah Rosner-USA vs Kassie Inman-USA
6) Olga Haserodt-Germany vs Melissa Ingram-Australia
7) Ulyana Rakcheyeva Seryankina-USA vs Joanne Browne-Australia
8) Mouna Marini-France vs Nancy Dale-USA
9) Nella Moskvichjova-Russia vs Linda Roberts-USA
10) Denise Kangas-Czech Republic vs Ibolya Ingesne Barkoczi-Hungary
11) Heather Kingsley Heath-United Kingdom vs Katherine Gezey-Ukraine
12) Alla Vizir-Ukraine vs Sandra Dokter van Esveld-Netherlands
13) Olga Shumilova-Russia vs Patrick Duggan-Australia
14) Ella Des-Belgrade Serbia vs Neva Brown-Australia
15) Christian Rodriguez-USA vs Marta Koudelova-Czech republic
16) Ann Braginsky-Israel vs Edgar Lopez Disenos-Dominican Republic
17) Susan Brackett-USA vs Callie Mitchell-USA
18) Jill Thomas-United Kingdom vs Maryanne Villalba-Australia
19) Tammuna Lezhava-Georgia vs Kinga Nichols-USA
20) Iva Jar-Czech Republic vs Olga Petterson-Sweden
21) Guzialia Reed-Japan vs Katka Vaclavikova-Czech Republic
22) Marsha Wiest Hines-USA vs Eva Dobos-Hungary
23) Orsolya Füzesi-Hungary vs Cynthia Newcomer Daniel-USA
24) Betty Stephan-USA vs Elka Leonhardt Rath-Germany
25) Eva Csizmadia Lajosné-Hungary vs Mikki Ferrugiaro-USA
26) Jennifer Chasalow Van Benschoten-USA vs Ekaterina Kalinina-Russia
27 Sharayah Sheldon-USA vs Miriam Cielo Shimon-Israel
28) Sue Horine-USA vs Misan Tejre-Sweden
29) Anneta Valious-France vs Lynn Day-United Kingdom
30) Alexandra Sydorenko -USA vs Katalin Budaine Nagy-Hungary
31) Rosita Pisarchick-USA vs Helena Tang-Singapore
32) Dini Alves-USA vsLaurence Dethier-Belgium
33) Nausikaa Gahllof-Sweden vs Eliana Maniero-Italy
34) Rachel Belson Smith-USA vs Amy Katz-USA
35) Kathy King-USA vs Karyn Healy White-Australia
36) Roxan O'brien-USA vs Julia Turova-Russia
37) Marina Nosova-Russia vs Lauren Macregor-Australia
38) Anna Bystryk-Ukraine vs Terri Richards-USA
39) Sigifredo Contreras-Mexico vs Anna Lindell-Sweden
40) Noel Wyres-Australia vs Carol Dean Sharpe-USA

(And I almost forgot! I´m sooo glad that our tiny country is represented in this competition by so many beaders: Annie Hatvani,  Ingesné Barkóczi Ibolya, Füzesi Orsolya, Csizmadia Lajosné Éva, Budai Katalin. Go girls :) Hajrá csajok! )

Sunday, May 6, 2012

NY 190 - Calainis

Another experiment using Twins vs SuperDuos. In this design both beads were excellent, though I had to discard a few Twins (only the very asymmetric ones). Another pendant pair is in progress, so check back soon ;)

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