PRESS RELEASE 5/11/07
TOPIC: Voting Begins!
5th Annual 2007 The Ugly Necklace Contest
A Jewelry Design Competition With A Twist
May 11, 2007 thru July 15, 2007
10 Semi-Finalists Have Been Picked From 37 Entries By A Panel Of Five
Voting begins On-Line on May 11th, thru July 15th for the Winner and
Grand Prize: $992.93 shopping spree on Land of Odds web-site
Runner Up Prize: $399.07 shopping spree on Land of Odds web-site
More details and images on-line at:
It's not easy to do Ugly!
So the many jewelry designers from across America and around the
Globe who entered our 5th Annual The Ugly Necklace Contest, found
this contest especially challenging. After all, your brain is pre-
wired to avoid and reject things which are ugly. Think of snakes
and spiders. And even if you start your necklace with a bunch of
ugly pieces, once you organize them into a circle, the very nature of
an ordered round form makes it difficult to achieve Ugly.
Yes, "Ugly" is easier said than done.
Who will win? We need the public's help to influence our panel of
judges. Should the student's to do list set an uglier standard than
the art student's supply list? Whose romantic break-up resulted in
an uglier design? Would any of these ugly necklaces make you
queasy, as the jewelry artist says? Are "Nurses" curses?
Is "ugliness" the price of celebrity?
Our respected judges narrowed the 37 entries to the 10 best ones.
Now it's time for America and the World to decide which of these 10
semi-finalists' Ugly Necklaces to vote for. The winner will truly
be an exceptional jewelry designer. The losers
.this isn't a
contest where you really can "lose".
Come see these and the other semi-finalists' pieces at
www.landofodds.com, and vote your choice for the Ugliest Necklace,
LAND OF ODDS
Attention: Warren Feld
718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: 615-292-0610; Fax: 615-460-7001
VOTING BEGINS FOR THIS YEAR'S UGLIEST NECKLACE, 2007!
A Jewelry Design Competition with a Twist
It's difficult to do Ugly!
So our hats are off, and we offer loud applause to the 10 Semi-
Finalists of the 5th Annual The Ugly Necklace Contest. These 10
beadwork and jewelry artists have demonstrated their talents and
design skills. They have been judged by a distinguished panel of
five members at The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts in Nashville,
Tennessee. Thirty Seven (37) submissions were received from many
states across America and around the Globe between September 2006 and
March of this year in response to an international call for
submissions announced in the summer of 2006.
The judges reviewed how well each submitted necklace met and then
violated a set of ten jewelry design principles. (See
for a discussion
of the review criteria.) Based on this review, the judges selected
the 10 best designed, most hideous, yet still artistically and
architecturally functional, Ugly Necklaces for 2007.
Now it's time for America and the rest of the World to vote for the
winner The Ugliest Necklace 2007! The Ugly Necklaces of the 10
Semi-Finalists are on display on-line at
Visitors to the web-site may view the necklaces, read the artists'
comments and poems they have written about them, and vote thumbs up
or thumbs down for these necklaces between May 11th and July 15th,
2007. The winner will be awarded a $992.93 shopping spree on the
Land of Odds web-site (www.landofodds.com), and the Runner-Up will
receive a prize of a $399.07 shopping spree on the web-site.
The UGLY NECKLACE CONTEST is a jewelry design contest with a twist.
The contest presents a challenge not often tackled -- at least
intentionally. The contest draws the jewelry designer into an
alternative universe where beautiful artists create ugly necklaces.
It's not easy to do.
"Ugly" is more involved than simple surface treatment. It is not just
laying out a bunch of ugly parts into a circle. It turns out
that "Ugly" is something more than that. "Ugly" is the result of the
interplay among Designer, Wearer, and Viewer. "Ugly" is very much a
result of how a necklace is designed and constructed. "Ugly" is
something the viewer actively tries to avoid and move away
from. "Ugly" has deep-rooted psychological, cognitive, perceptual,
sociological and anthropological functions and purposes.
As research into color and design has shown, your eye and brain
compensate for imbalances in color or in the positioning of pieces
and objects they try to correct and harmonize them. They try to
neutralize anything out of place or not quite right. You are pre-
wired to subconsciously avoid anything that is disorienting,
disturbing or distracting. Your mind and eye won't let you go here.
This is considered part of the fear response, where your brain
actively attempts to avoid things like snakes and spiders.... and
This means that jewelry designers, if they are to create beautiful,
wearable art, have to be more deeply involved with their pieces
beyond "surface". Or their pieces will be less successful, thus less
beautiful, thus more disturbing or distracting or disorienting, thus
Luckily, for the jewelry designer, we are pre-wired to avoid these
negative things. This makes it easier to end up with pieces that look
good. Beauty, in some sense, then, is very intuitive. On the other
hand, it makes it more difficult to end up with pieces that look bad.
You see, Ugly goes against our nature. It's hard to do.
The Ugly Necklace Contest is one of the many programs at The Center
for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, that encourage
beadwork and jewelry makers to test their design skills, and learn
some fundamentals about jewelry design in the process.
. Go on-line, and surf to www.landofodds.com. Click on
The Ugly Necklace Contest, and show the World its Ugliest Necklace
(and thus best jewelry designer) for 2007.
And if you are in the Nashville, Tennessee area, please stop by The
Open Windows Gallery (fine art jewelry) at Be Dazzled Beads, where
the 10 semi-finalists' Ugly Necklaces are on display through
September 15, 2007.
LIST OF 2007 5th Annual SEMI-FINALISTS:
1. Julia Vogl, "To Do List", Oberlin, Ohio (via Washington, DC)
2. Hillary Schmeichel, "Break Up", Long Beach, California
3. Emily Perillo, "Fiasco", Buffalo, New York
4. Maggie Ollove, "Art Student", Oberlin, Ohio (via Baltimore,
5. Paula Papp Martini, "Nurses are Curses", West Hempstead, New York
6. Tamara Allison, "Ill Intent", Primm Springs, Tennessee
7. Sarah Feingold, "News?", Rochester, New York
8. Lynn Margaret Davy, "Candy Girl", Dorset, United Kingdom
9. Nancy Barnes, "A Beachin' Bead Tale," Warren, Ohio
10. Cyndi Lavin, "Queasy", Ayer, Massachusetts
2006 Winner: Sara Feingold from Rochester, New York
2006 Runner Up: Janine Dunklebarger from Manteo, North Carolina
2005 Winner: Jann Ferris from Vicksburg, Mississippi
2005 Runner Up: Mary Poag, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2004 Winner: Robert De Luccia from Ridgewood, New Jersey
2004 Runner Up: Bonnie Anderson from Kennesaw, Georgia
2003 Winner: Kathleen Lynam from Franklin, Tennessee
2003 Runner Up: Natalie Zurawski from Springfield, Illinois
To add your name to our email list associated with The Ugly Necklace
Contest, send an email to: oddsian@...
and Write "Ugly Necklace Email List" in the subject line.
Also of interest: ALL DOLLED UP: Beaded Art Doll Competition
Land of Odds www.landofodds.com,
Phone: 615-292-0610; Email :warren@...
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over 30,000 products. Retail/Discounts/Wholesale.
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