of Odds :
Sixth Annual, 2008
The Ugly Necklace
Jewelry Design Competition
With A Twist
10 Semi-Finalists' Page
While Voting for this year's contest has ended, you can
still try your hand at evaluating each necklace. Click the GO
VOTE & EVALUATE link under each artist's name to pull up the
on-line and judges scores
2008 Sixth Annual The Ugly Necklace Contest
1=Thumbs Fully Up
7=Thumbs Fully Down
(NOT UGLY AT ALL!)
is the highest score,
6 .999 is the lowest score)
"Song of the Venerable Bede"
"An Ugly Haiku"
"I Let Our Love Sing - F(orte)"
"An Ode To My Ugly Necklace"
"Junk Drawers Revenge"
"Something For Everyone"
#1 by Alesia
the horse's ass ,
Much manure does pass.
pasture's seed becomes an organic bead,
Made from the horse's dirty deed.
must be more uses,
For what the horse produces. ... "
#2 by Edith
of the Venerable Bede
New Age Market has decreed
there be more Spirit in their beads.
No more sufficient, ostentation;
they now require extrapolation
From world relitions to their jewelry
which tempts designers to buffoonery.
ugly necklace is evidence
of a bauble fraught with such mystical defense.
#3 by Jen
Something for Everyone
doesn't matter who you are --
Rapper, diva or parade star.
If you're artsy-fartsy or sedate,
A Goth, a pimp or just out-of-date;
A hippi chick or a sports fan
A sk8rgrrl or Elizabethan
It doesn't matter who you are,
There's something here for you!"
#4 by Kimberly
An Ode To My Ugly Necklace
My so-called "ugly nekclace"
has quite grown on me.
It's hideousness bewitching.
Clumsy - yes.
Awkward - a bit.
But, on my neck, a perfect fit.
#5 by Candace
An Ugly Haiku
of myth & legend
#7 by Wendy
Junk Drawers Revenge
A drawer full of Treasures
My child would say.
But you better watch out
You better empty it someday
Before it rebels
And attacks you this way."
#8 by Christina
soldiers on a string
March left right left for victory
Poor boys fight a rich mans war
An atrocity not to be ignored
Thoughts of all lost
Yet strong hope for a peace
A time when their mission
Is fully complete."
#9 by Mandy
truth and beauty there is much debate,
What one person loves, another may hate.
What has value to us is another discussion,
And it can have an ugly repercussion.
Like buying diamonds even if it puts you in debt
I guess it's all about your mindset."
The Ugly Necklace Contest
Jewelry Design Competition
With A Twist
the web-pages of each of our 10 The Ugly Necklace Contest Semi-Finalists.
Evaluate their images, their poem, and their materials and techniques.
Then use the on-line form you will find on each of their web-pages
to Score them in terms of Hideousness, Materials Used, Design
Principles Violated, and Artistic Control.
You can vote/evaluate each of the ten necklaces, if you want,
or just your favorites --
that's up to you. But all our artists would appreciate your
votes and evaluations.
voting closes, voting logs will be reviewed
for any duplicate or otherwise illegitimate votes
(for example, those from the same IP or email address),
and these will be deleted. The on-line votes will be
tallied and used to adjust the original votes of
the Panel of Judges at CBJA, in the selection of a winner.
The public's votes will weigh towards 25% of the
final tally in selecting the Winner and Runner-Up.
consider submitting an entry to next
The Seventh Annual Ugly Necklace Contest!
Entries accepted beginning Sept 1, 2008,
the final entry submission date of Mar 15, 2009.
entries open to both US and International submissions as well.
There are talented Ugly-Necklace Jewelry Designers everywhere!
Share your reactions, opinions
and thoughts about our Ugly Necklace entries,
or about the Contest as a whole.
THE JEWELRY DESIGN CRITERIA USED TO EVALUATE THE ENTRIES IN
THE UGLY NECKLACE CONTEST - It Ain't Easy Doing Ugly,
or as my momma says, "Ugly is as Ugly does."
of Adjusted Judges Scoring Criteria
GOOD JEWELRY DESIGN
- Principles of Composition
by Warren Feld
Traditional Etruscan Jewelry
Next open jewelry design workshop:
May 22-29, 2010, Cortona, Italy
has invited Warren Feld of Land
of Odds and The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts
to lead this 8-day Jewelry Design Workshop.
Enjoy the relaxed pace of Italian living with an in-depth
educational experience on your sojourn to
the Medieval hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria. For
both beginner and intermediate level beaders and jewelry
Summary of the workshop
with links to more informaton about itinerary, supply
lists, cortona, the hotel, and fees.
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to any of our semi-finalists, we will be happy to do so.
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and Write "Ugly Necklace Email List" in the subject line.
#10 by Lynn
Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom
I Let Our Love Sing - F(orte)
upon a blowtorch an artist made a pig.
A pretty pink color, and not very big.
She took one look at him and said "Bad luck,
But your face looks like it was squashed by a truck,"
I tried my best, but this hideous creation
Will destroy my perfectionist reputation.
There's nothing I can do, you've turned out so ugly,
I'm afraid you're what lampworkers call: "A FUGLY!""
It's not easy to do Ugly!
4 distinguished judges associated with
The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts reviewed
37 Ugly Necklace submissions to our contest,
and selected 10 semi-finalists.
They rated each necklace using
10 jewelry design criteria. They examined the
hideousness of the necklace,
clever were the materials used,
the design of the necklace violated
good jewelry design rules associated with color, form,
balance, distribution of the elements, and focus.
also looked at issues of
how the necklace was constructed
and its wearability, and
well the accompanying poem
elaborated on the necklace and its ugliness.
ABOUT THE JEWELRY DESIGN CRITERIA
USED TO EVALUATE THE ENTRIES