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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , May 11, 2007
      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
      Runner Up
      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….well….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,

      Attention: Warren Feld
      718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204
      Phone: 615-292-0610; Fax: 615-460-7001
      Email: warren@...

      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
      http://www.landofodds.com/store/ugliestcriteria.htm 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
      www.landofodds.com/store/ugly5contest.htm .

      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
      ugly necklaces.

      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
      more Ugly.

      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.

      So vote…. 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@...
      Land of Odds provides bead and jewelry making artists with virtually
      all their beads, supplies, books and jewelry findings needs, with
      over 30,000 products. Retail/Discounts/Wholesale.

      Be Dazzled Beads www.bedazzledbeads.com
      Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts www.landofodds.com/beadschool
      Open Windows Gallery – Fine Art Jewelry
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