Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bead Dreams Winners

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)

1 comment:

Louise HIll said...

You are very kind. Thank you very much.