Thursday, April 26, 2012

Battle of the Beadsmiths Tournament


In an effort to create more awareness of some of the incredible bead artistry being executed by bead masters worldwide, Steven Weiss (Marketing Manager for The Beadsmith) thought it would be fun to set up a beading "Tournament" where original works could be viewed, shared, and celebrated both by the participants, and the beading public alike.
I have been selected for inclusion within this Tournament and I am not only honoured but flattered with the inclusion as I am keeping company with some extremely talented artists from around the world.
Just cast your eye over the incredible Participants list of beading artists below!

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.
The Tournament Guidelines:
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.

The Participants: in alphabetical Country order.

The Participants: 2012 Battle Of The Beadsmith:

Patrick Duggan
Melissa Ingram
Joanne Browne
Neva Brown
Lauren Macgregor
Maryanne Villalba
Karyn Healey-White
Noel Wyres
Laurence Dethier
Ella Des
Jacquie Champion
Czech Republic:
Lea Palickova
Katka Vaclavikova
Marta Koudelova
Denisa Kangas
Iva Jar
Dominican Republic:
Edgar Lopez Disenos
Anneta Valious
Mouna Marini
Tamuna Lezhava
Elke Leonhardt Rath
Olga Haserodt
Annie Hatvani
Eva Dobos
Orsolya Füzesi
Ibolya Ingesné Barkóczi
Éva Csizmadia Lajosné
Katalin Budainé Nagy
Anastasia O'sarantseva
Ann Braginsky
Miriam Cielo Shimon
Eliana Maniero
Guzialia Reed
Sigifredo Contreras
Sandra Dokter van Esveld
Irina Chikineva
Nella Moskvichjova
Julia Turova
Alla Maslennikova
Olga Shumilova
Ekaterina Kalinina
Marina Nosova

Helena Tang
Olga Petterson
Misan Tejre
Nausikaa Dahllof
Anna Lindell
Alla Vizir
Katherine Gezey
Anna Bystryk
United Kingdom:
Heather Kingsley Heath
Jill Thomas
Lynn Davy
Linda Roberts
Sharayah Sheldon
Nancy Dale
Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Marsha Wiest Hines
Carol Dean Sharpe
Christina Neit
Sue Horine
Alexandra Sydorenko
Betty Stephan
Callie Mitchell
Christian Rodriguez
Kinga Nichols
Mikki Ferrugiaro
Amy Katz
Kassie Inman
Dini Alves
Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten
Rosita Pisarchick
Roxan O'brien
Christine Boyer Maj
Kathy King
Susan Brackett
Hannah Rosner
Terri Richards
Rachel Nelson Smith
Ulyana Rakcheyeva Seryankina-USA

The Judges: 2012 Battle Of The Beadsmith:
Kelly Nealon (Australian Beading Magazine Editor),
Jana Tarhala
Sabine Lippert
Claudia Schuman
Verena Greene-Christ (Perlen Poesie Magazine)
Smadar Grossman
Patrizia Tager
Kenj Katsuoka (Miyuki Company)
Marjon Donker-Netherlands ( Editor Polymer To Art Magazine)
Galina Pchelkina-Russia (Editor of Чудесные мгновения Magazine)
South Africa:
Heather Collin
Karin Nilsson
Cath Thomas
United Kingdom:
Kerrie Slade
Chloe Menage (Bead Magazine Editor)
Jean Power
Jo Lochhead
Juliet Browse
Maggie Roschyk
Adele Rogers Recklies
Diane Hyde
Jean Campbell
Zoya Gutina
Laura Boudloche Zeiner
Laura Andrews
Kathleen Mccabe-Elsey
Julia Gerlach-USA (Bead and Button Magazine Editor)
Diane Fitzgerald
Ana Garcia
Paulette Rosner Baron
Amy Blevins
Melinda Barta (Beadwork Magazine Editor)
Kandra Norsigian
Jamie Cloud Eakin
Pamela Hawkins (Bead Design Studio Magazine Editor)
Kate Bannister Tracton
Deb Moffet Hall (Bead- Patterns The Magazine & Quick Stitch Peyote Card
Barbara Conrad
Lea Avroch
MaryLou Holvenstot
Anna Elizabeth Draeger


  1. Good luck - Possum

    1. Thank you Sandy, I am already a winner just by having my name grouped with all these amazing designers.

  2. Wow definitely one to watch! How difficult it will be to judge.

    1. Greetings and yes it will be a hard one to judge and choose the best. Thank you for visiting.

  3. Replies
    1. Hello Cynthia thank you very much for visiting and leaving a comment. I am thrilled to be participating and my mind is running away with ideas. Waiting for an order to arrive and the start gun to go off. Good luck.


  4. As one of the judges, I know that our job is going to be a difficult one! Good luck to all...

    Kate Tracton

    1. Hello Judge Kate, thanks for visiting and the well wishes. May I offer you a bribe?? No, just kidding.


  5. Congratulations and good luck!!!

    1. Thank you Lyra, and thanks for visiting.

  6. Congratulations!!!
    The competition will be very interesting, and you'll be surely a good judge!