The results are in. If you click on the title above, you can read the results on the Kalmbach website. Congratulations to everyone who entered - not just the finalists or winners, but everyone who sent in an entry. (Note: If you are looking for the 2008 winners, you can find them HERE). It takes considerable time and effort to prepare an entry - particulary the photos which are the most important aspect of the screening process - not to mention the time involved in design and execution. There are so many talented artists out there; I hope they will continue to create because their work is beautiful.
One of my favorites this year was Louise Hill's "Liat: The Dancing Lady" accepted as a finalist (shown left). This piece is designed as a moving sculpture adapted as a wearable necklace. It's a gorgeous piece with it's pastel colors accented by geometric designs, undulating curves, pearls and crystals - it is truly a novel design. Louise's work pushes the boundaries of what we consider to be "beadwork" with her unique use of form and style. I hope to see works such as this continue to be represented in the future because this competition, above all others, shapes how beaders think about beadwork and it's possibilities.
I think everyone who entered - finalist or not - was a winner. Congratulations to you and please keep beading because your work is what inspires all of us.
(Shown above right: "Signs of Spring", a tribute to the work of Barbara Grainger. Bead Dreams Finalist, 2007)